Topic: Woodland Park Zoo
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October 31, 2013 at 5:13 PM
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 night vision. Because the 4- to 7-year-old guys are nocturnal, there will be more activity to see at night.
The camera’s at www.zoo.org/batcam, and there’s a link that tells you everything you want to know about the flying mammals, such as their size (about 9 inches long), how long they live (21 years on average), how they mate (upside down) and how give birth (right side up, to take advantage of gravity).
And you can learn what they eat. It isn’t blood. A clue is found in another name for them, Greater Indian fruit bat.
September 26, 2013 at 11:03 PM
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 of his time outdoors in the zoo’s giraffe corral, accompanied by his 6-year-old mother Olivia and Olivia’s 5-year-old sister Tufani, the young giraffe calf’s most active playmate,” the release said.
Sound awesomely adorable to you? You can watch him play from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. every day on the zoo’s live giraffe cam.
Watching outside the camera’s hours of operation? No worries. The zoo has something of a greatest hits video for you:
If you still can’t get enough baby giraffe, you can go see it in person at the zoo. The new family is allowed out into an outdoor corral from 9:30 a.m. to around 2:30 p.m. daily. The news release warned, though, that during rainy weather, the mother and baby may stay in the barn.
Woodland Park Zoo president and chief executive Deborah Jensen commended the Washington State veterinary students “for their dedication to human and wildlife health through their Global Animal Health programs in east Africa, a region native to giraffes like Misawa,” in a statement. Having the students name Misawa was a thank-you for their work in the programs, she said.
For more photos and videos of the giraffe, check out zoo.org/blog.
April 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM
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 to determine their gender.
But on Friday, the cubs appeared to be healthy and, like most young’uns, curious as they dug at the ground and scrambled onto logs. The cubs will have more private outdoor sessions before their debut to the public on May 4.
There are fewer than 50 sloth bears in North American zoos, and fewer than 10,000 remaining in the wild. The bears are found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Newborns are blind at birth, with their eyes opening at about three weeks. They start walking at about 4 weeks.
One extraordinarily dull fact: They were initially classified as bear sloths when they were thought to be sloths, but their name was changed to “sloth bear” in 1810 when they were discovered to be Asian bears. Store that fact away for awkward dinner conversation.
March 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM
The Associated Press
The Woodland Park Zoo says it euthanized a monkey after it suffered a broken leg in a move.
The zoo says the patas monkey named Kyle also suffered a brain injury when it was caught in a net Feb. 28 for a move to temporary cage. The zoo needed to move the monkey to improve its sleeping quarters at the African Savanna exhibit.
The zoo says the move was carefully planned to minimize stress.
KOMO reports the organization In Defense of Animals says the zoo failed to follow proper procedures. It has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
February 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM
The Woodland Park Zoo is asking the public to help name two of its four lion cubs in a naming contest that starts today and ends at 5 p.m. March 15.
In honor of the the male and female cubs’ South African heritage, the names should come from Zulu or Sotho culture, according to the zoo. Names can be submitted online, or with a ballot obtained at the zoo. Ballots can be turned in at the zoo or mailed to Woodland Park Zoo, ATTN: Name the Cubs, 601 N. 59th Street, Seattle, WA 98103.
Two winners will also receive grand prizes, which include: a private viewing for five at the lion exhibit with a keeper, a one-year annual Woodland Park Zoo family membership, a framed photograph of the newly named lion cub, a $100 gift card to Play It Again Sports in Seattle.
Two other cubs will be named by zoo staff, according to a release. The four cubs made their public debut on Feb. 16. They can be seen from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
February 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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 a bright streak of light Friday night over the San Francisco area, but it’s not clear what the object was.
Cuba, too, apparently experienced what appears to be another meteor explosion, in which residents were startled by a bright flash and a boom, according to island media.
No reports here, though that said …
One Seattle firecracker will be flaring out tonight: After 106 years, Brocklind’s tuxedo and costume shop will be selling its final tux — and its final gorilla suit — today before the Capitol Hill store closes down for good. Discount prices abound for those looking for rabbit and eagle heads (see right), white tux shoes ($10) and more before 6 p.m. today.
It’s Octopus Week at the Seattle Aquarium: If the kids (or you!) are chomping at the bit to see some wildlife this weekend, the aquarium would be a great place to visit. Divers will swim with octopi daily at noon.
Not so hot on leaving the house today? Then tune into Woodland Park Zoo’s livecam on a mama tree kangaroo and her joey. If you catch them in action, you’ll be glued to your seat for a little bit.
Most-read stories on seattletimes.com:
December 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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 sanctuary.
This series coincided with the birth of a baby elephant Friday at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, which the zoo industry declared a victory in its quest to preserve an endangered species. The newborn calf is the legal property of a controversial traveling elephant show, according to a contract between the Oregon Zoo and the company that was obtained by The Times.
November 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM
The four South African lion cubs born at the Woodland Park Zoo are doing fine, say zoo officials.
The youngins’, born Nov. 8 to 3-year-old mother Adia, mark the first birth of lions at the zoo since 1991.
There are more photos and a video at the zoo’s lion cubs blog.
Correction: The original post mistakenly said there are three lion cubs. There are four.
November 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM
A 3-year-old lion at Woodland Park Zoo gave birth Thursday night to four cubs. The litter is the first for the mom, Adia (AH-dee-uh), the dad, 13-year-old Hubert, and the first birth of lions at the zoo since 1991. Video and photos can be seen at here.
The mom and cubs are in a maternity den, out of public view. Zoo staff are closely monitoring the litter via webcam.
The average litter size for the South African lion species is two or three, so the litter is large, especially for a first-time mom, said Martin Ramierz, mammal curator at the zoo.
“The first 48 hours are critical and animal-care staff will be monitoring each of the cubs closely for signs of normal behavior and development over the next several weeks,” he said.
Hubert and the zoo’s other adult female lion, Kalisa, is also indoors and not on public display in order to minimize disturbance to the newborns.
Zoo officials said lion cubs typically weigh about 3 pounds at birth. They are born blind and open their eyes within a week or two.
August 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM
Atlanta’s zoo plans to hold a memorial service for Ivan, a 50-year-old gorilla, who died last week.
Zoo Atlanta says the memorial will be held September 8 at 11 a.m. in the rainforest exhibit where Ivan lived. Fans are invited to share cards and photos to be displayed outside his habitat.
Ivan came to Zoo Atlanta on permanent loan from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo in 1994. He was born in the wild around 1962 and wildlife traders sold him to the owners of a department store in Tacoma, Wash., in 1964. A few years later, he was moved to an indoor enclosure at the store.
According to the wishes of Ivan’s original owners and Woodland Park Zoo, Ivan’s remains will be cremated and returned to the original owners in Tacoma.
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