Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington is one of the oldest zoos in the nation.
Opened in 1898, the zoo sits on 92 acres of land located west of Lake Washington. It is home to more than one thousand animal specimens.
The Woodland Park Zoo is open seven days a week and features numerous animal exhibits. The African Savanna has a reproduction of a rural African village and has animals like lions, giraffes, and zebras. Walking along the Northern Trail, visitors see animals native to the Alaskan tundra, such as brown bears, mountain goats, elk, and gray wolves. The Tropical Rain Forest allows visitors views from the ground as well as above the trees, with jaguars, anacondas, monkeys, and exotic birds part of the exhibit. Tropical Asia has animals like the Malayan Tiger, orangutans, Tapirs, and sloth bears. Australasia shows the biodiversity of the Australian continent with animals like wallabies, emus, and snow leopards. Get up close and personal with animals at the wildlife theater and the Family Farm and Animal Contact Area.
The Woodland Park Zoo began its existence as a small menagerie by lumber mill owner Guy C. Finney. Since then, it has expanded to now have 300 species of animal, as well as thousands of trees and plants. More than one million people visit the zoo every year.
Woodland Park Zoo is a must-see for visitors to Seattle. The zoo has its own restaurant and coffee shop. Numerous other restaurants and eateries are located within a mile of the park. North of the zoo in Green Lake and Green Lake Park.