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January 27, 2015 at 7:16 PM

Community members ask zoo board to send elephants to sanctuary, not zoo

Elephant-welfare activists urged the Woodland Park Zoo’s board of directors to relocate the zoo’s two elephants to a sanctuary during a public-comment period Tuesday, the first time the board has met since some activists tried to storm a meeting in December. During a 45-minute session at the start of the meeting, speakers, many of them members of…

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January 26, 2015 at 7:15 PM

Seattle mayor, councilmembers oppose zoo’s plan for elephants

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and fivemembers of the City Council sent a letter to the Woodland Park Zoo president and CEO Monday asking that the zoo’s two elephants be sent to a wildlife sanctuary, rather than to another zoo. Zoo officials announced in November that the two elephants, Chai and Bamboo, would be relocated to…

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December 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Woodland Park Zoo hopes new red panda becomes a proud papa

Woodland Park Zoo has big plans for its newest arrival, Yukiko (yu-key-ko), a 9-year-old red panda. A proven sire, Yukiko arrived from Red River Zoo in Fargo, N.D,  as part of a conservation breeding program, zoo officials said in a news release on Thursday. The panda will remain off exhibit as he goes through a series…

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November 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Woodland Park Zoo getting rid of its elephants

Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo intends to send its two remaining elephants to an accredited zoo to live in a larger social group. CEO Deborah Jensen said Wednesday that a plan to expand the Seattle elephant exhibit wasn’t feasible because of the few elephants available. She said the zoo’s board of directors made the…

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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…

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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…

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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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