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August 23, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Saturday Memo: Food on a stick … Help for mental health … Sad zoo news … Seattle winners

Weather: Looks like we’re in for a sunny day with highs in the upper 70s, according to the National Weather Service forecast. We should see clear skies over the next few days. Fair days: It should be perfect weather to check out pigs, quilts, carnival rides and eat too many food items on…


Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: elephant, Mariners, mental illness

August 22, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Woodland Park elephant, Watoto, euthanized after collapsing

Woodland Park Zoo’s African elephant, 45-year-old Watoto, on display in Seattle for more than four decades, was euthanized Friday morning after zookeepers, arriving to work, found her collapsed in the exhibit yard. Zookeepers discovered Watoto on the ground about 7 a.m. Friday in the south area of the Elephant Forest Exhibit. Attempts to lift her…


Comments | Topics: elephant, Watoto, Woodland Park Zoo

December 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Woodland Park Zoo parking-lot funding OK’d by Seattle council

The Seattle City Council Monday unanimously approved $2 million to fund an expanded surface parking lot at the Woodland Park Zoo. The 165-stall parking lot will be built in 2014 and will expand the inner north parking lot where portable trailers housing administrative offices are now located. Those offices will be moved to near the zoo’s…


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October 31, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Halloween rollout for Woodland Park Zoo’s Bat Cam

Hey, kids! (Or anyone else who likes spooky animals) You can spy on furry, winged bats any time night or day, thanks to Woodland Park Zoo’s Bat Cam, which started streaming video on Halloween. The camera is trained on the zoo’s six male Indian flying foxes. The lights will be turned off at 8 p.m., but the camera has…


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September 26, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Baby giraffe at Woodland Park Zoo already 8 feet tall

The 7-week-old baby giraffe at Woodland Park Zoo has been named Misawa (me-SAW-wah) and is already 8 feet tall. A news release said Washington State University veterinary students named the male giraffe, born Aug. 6, after a greeting in the indigenous language of Luo, in Tanzania and Southwest Kenya, the giraffe’s native region. “Misawa spends much…


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April 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Sloth bear cubs to debut May 4 at Woodland Park Zoo

Twin sloth bear cubs, now 3 months old, made their first venture Friday to their Woodland Park Zoo outdoor exhibit, which has been closed to the public for construction. The cubs have been in a behind-the-scenes maternity den with their mother since their birth in December, and staff haven’t been close enough even…


Comments | More in Environment, Photos | Topics: sloth bears, Woodland Park Zoo

February 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Saturday Memo: More meteors? … tux/costume discounts … kangaroo cam

Holiday weekend weather: Well, Friday’s sun break didn’t last long. Sunrise is now at 7:12 a.m. and sunset at 5:34 p.m., give or take a minute, but you won’t see much of the sun between those two points. (Update: You win! It’s sunny right now.) More meteors? A California science institute has received numerous reports of…


Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: Brocklind's, meteor, Seattle Aquarium

December 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Chat replay: Q&A with reporter Mike Berens about zoo elephants

Join a live chat with reporter Mike Berens today at noon about his recent report on zoo elephants, “Glamour Beasts.” Berens wrote about how zoos’ efforts to preserve and propagate elephants have largely failed, and about the punishment that zoos faced from the national zoo association if they retired their aged elephants to a nonprofit…


Comments | More in Live chats | Topics: Oregon Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo, zoo elephants

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