The Woodland Park Zoo is an integral part of Seattle life, and the city’s population cares about what happens here. When the zoo brought Sam, a male siamang, as a potential suitor for their female siamang Brioni, many came to say hello and wish them luck. Everyone is hoping the two will get along, as siamangs are endangered apes from Indonesia, and increasing their population would be great. Founded in 1899 on the estate of Guy Phinney, a rich Englishman who wanted to have his own park, Woodland Park Zoo is now the largest animal collection in Washington State.
The zoo provides spacious habitats for nearly 1,000 animals from nearly 300 species. More than 40 of them are endangered, and 17 are threatened or vulnerable. The zoo’s large park also features a botanical collection that has 92,000 plants from 1,300 species. The park is managed by the Woodland Park Zoological Society, which also raises funds for new collections and acquisitions. Read more
5500 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, Washington, Phone: 206-548-2500
More things to do in Seattle: Pacific Science Center Museum, MoPOP Museum, Seattle Children’s Museum, Burke Museum, The Unity Museum, Wing Luke Museum Photo: akphotograph.com/Fotolia
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