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Caring for Animals

We are the people who would do anything for animals. Woodland Park Zoo manages the largest number of live animals in Washington state. Each of the nearly 1,000 animals who call Woodland Park Zoo home receive exceptional care from our expert staff. Every day, keepers, veterinary staff, behavioral experts, and welfare specialists carry out science-based wellness plans that cater to the unique nutritional, health, environmental and social needs of 250 species across every stage of life.

We are industry leaders in animal care. We share our discoveries and challenges with a learning network of animal care and conservation experts around the world. We believe we have a responsibility to help all animals thrive, and that compassion extends to wildlife everywhere. Woodland Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and certified by the rigorous American Humane Conservation program. The Humane Certified™ seal of approval is another important validation of the zoo’s long-standing tradition of meeting the highest standards in animal welfare.

Now, we are advancing a new kind of science to create a living, breathing home for the animals who live here. We are pushing the boundaries of what we know and transforming animal care at Woodland Park Zoo and beyond. Caring for animals is what we do best and we invite you to be part of our animal care story with your gift.

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What We'll Do

How we care for the nearly 1,000 wild lives at Woodland Park Zoo is a mirror for how our community can coexist with the wildlife in our state. Every year, nearly 200,000 guests discover firsthand what it takes to provide compassionate care for wildlife, through close encounters with giraffes, rhinos, and other animal ambassadors. Now, the need for rapid conservation action is adding urgency to this commitment. By modeling respect and care for wild animals of all kinds, we invite our guests to do the same — inspiring empathy and empowering everyone to make conservation and coexistence a way of life.

Veterinary Care

Your support helps our veterinary staff pilot state-of-the-art care that pushes the industry standard higher, helping our animals live long and vibrant lives. In 2020, we welcomed dozens of new animal babies to our zoo, which all require species-specific birth management plans starting in the mother’s early pregnancy phases. All of our spring babies are now toddlers and continue to grow quickly. We provide the highest quality animal care in order to ensure each animal thrives at every life stage!

Diet and Nutrition

Animal diets account for one of the zoo’s largest operational expenses every year. Your support makes a real difference in offsetting the cost of our big grocery bill and helps each one of our animals lead vibrant, healthy, long and active lives at our community zoo.

Creating personalized, nutritionally sound diets that account for age, health needs and individual preference for thousands of animals is a huge undertaking. But our uncompromised level of animal care is an essential component in the shared values that drive the work of everyone at Woodland Park Zoo: The inherent belief that all animals deserve our respect and attentive care as co-inhabitants of this planet and the assertion that the future of the human race is inextricably intertwined with the fate of species in our care.