Wood­land Park Zoo

Where Seattle - - Editor's Itinerary -

Built on land owned by Guy Phin­ney af­ter his death, the Wood­land Park Zoo (www. zoo.org. 5500 Phin­ney Ave. N, 206.548.2500) opened in 1899. To­day, it has a va­ri­ety of animal ex­hibits or­ga­nized by ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion. En­ter off of Phin­ney Ave. N at the West En­trance and turn right to start at the pen­guin ex­hibit. These tuxe­doed gents are part of the Hum­boldt Pen­guin ex­hibit that opened in 2009. From there, head east to Trop­i­cal Asia, where you’ll see tree kan­ga­roos, Asian small-clawed ot­ters and one of the new­est ex­hibits, the Malayan tiger broth­ers. Olan, Liem and Eko ap­pear along­side sloth bears in the Banyan Wilds ex­hibit. Nearby, you can also spot go­ril­las, in­clud­ing the new baby Yola, and, just south of Trop­i­cal Asia in the African Sa­vanna, gi­raffes, hip­pos and ze­bras. The African Sa­vanna also has an African Vil­lage, a model of how peo­ple of the sa­vanna grass­lands live. Two more fun stops: The Willa­wong Sta­tion in the Aus­trala­sia sec­tion, where you can get up close with Aus­tralian par­rots—pur­chase a seed stick and the birds will eat right from your hand! And newly opened spot Mol­bak’s But­ter­fly Gar­den al­lows you to im­merse your­self among North Amer­i­can but­ter­flies. There are nearly 500 free-fly­ing but­ter­flies in the gar­den. If you're in town in the evening, check out the lineup for ZooTunes, a sum­mer­time con­cert series held in the zoo's North Meadow. Au­gust acts in­clude Ziggy Mar­ley on Aug. 2, Pink Mar­tini Aug. 3 and 4, Jeff Beck Aug. 21 and home­town fa­vorite Brandi Carlile Aug. 23 and 24. Zoo ad­mis­sion isn't in­cluded with the con­cert tick­ets. The Wood­land Park Zoo is open daily from 9:30 am-6 pm. From down­town, take the No. 5 bus to the West En­trance.

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