Woodland Park Zoo

Another adventure comes to a close with this post. I went to Seattle in May, and it’s now November, so it only took half a year for me to catch up, not too bad. Actually, it’s improvement, since it took me a whole year to finish the Washington D.C. adventure. The last stop in Seattle…

Woodland Park Zoo, located in Seattle, Washington

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The Woodland Park Zoo is quite difficult to get to via public transportation. My friend and I had to take two buses, which took about two hours (but we didn’t travel from downtown Seattle, it may be slightly closer from there). The zoo is part of the Seattle CityPass, however the pass only provides admission for one place, either the EMP museum or Woodland Park Zoo. If you decide to visit both destinations, there is a slight discount for the second destination with the pass. The regular admission price for the zoo is $18.75, and since I already used the pass for the EMP, I used the $3 discount  from the pass, which lowered the admissions to a slightly more decent price. The zoo was opened from 9:30am to 6pm when I visited in May, but with daylight saving hours in place, it is currently open from 9:30am to 4pm.

Most zoos tend to have a similar setup, but they all differ from each other slightly. The good factor that makes Woodland Park Zoo stand out is the zoo’s effort for conservation. At the entrance, there is a Quarters for Conservation voting box, where visitors can vote for a conservation project using a portion of their admissions. On the animal information displays, the zoo highlights the condition of the animals in nature: stable, endangered, etc, which reminds visitors that many  animals can possibly disappear in the future if people don’t make a change to preserve them and their habitats.  Now, the bad factor that makes the zoo memorable is that many of the animals were sleeping or inactive. It’s quite typical to not see certain animals at a zoo because it’s not their active time, but it’s another to see an animal blatantly sleeping (referring to the middle picture in the fifth row).

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We saw most of the zoo in the 3 hours we were there, but my friend didn’t feel it was enough time, so it may be best to arrive as early as possible to see more. It may be that we arrived quite late in the day that the animals were sleeping, but I also heard that the Woodland Park Zoo’s animals tend to be sleeping plenty. Just cause some animals were sleeping doesn’t mean that they all were, we got to see the king of the jungle, and he was up and roaring up a storm (probably because one of the visitor’s was taunting it somehow). I know I complained quite a bit about the sleeping or inactive animals, but the zoo does wonderful job with its conservation mission, and it should not be missed. Visit the Woodland Park Zoo, and see the animals, but most importantly remember it’s our duty to ensure these animals are still here for the future.

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