Friday, July 8, 2022

Woodland Park Zoo’s North Meadow

Fund Our Future


A Community Cornerstone

Woodland Park Zoo is committed to accessibility for all community members. The experiences found at the zoo help people build empathy towards animals and inspire them to protect their habitats. It will take all of us to ensure a fierce future for people and wildlife.

In 2016, Woodland Park Zoo partnered with the Northwest Americans with Disabilities Act Center to conduct a three-year accessibility study of the zoo’s public spaces. Accordingly, the zoo has made several advancements to ensure individuals of all abilities can participate and contribute meaningfully, including: establishing an internal Diversity & Inclusion Council; establishing a Volunteer Inclusion Program; creating resources and tools for staff; improving the zoo’s accessibility webpage; developing a sensory map for zoo visitors; and offering access to sensory tools. Donors like you made these achievements possible.

With a new Guest Inclusion Program, Woodland Park Zoo is continuing our commitment to access. This program will promote meaningful collaboration with the inclusion community and expand learning engagement for people living with disabilities. Through broader access and inclusion, we are striving to connect everyone with wildlife and empower them to make conservation a priority in their lives. Work like this is only possible with the continued support of our community.

Keeping the Pacific Northwest Forever Green

Woodland Park Zoo is an active contributor to local conservation efforts, getting the community involved and inspiring action within the region. Woodland Park Zoo’s unique Living Northwest conservation program helps recover native wildlife populations, establish long-term ecological resilience in our landscapes, and empower all people to be wildlife conservationists.

The Western Pond Turtle Recovery Program and Coexisting with Carnivores are just two of many such efforts. For three decades, Woodland Park Zoo and its partners have worked to give these turtles a fighting chance, saving the last two wild western pond turtle populations from certain extinction! The project has grown to six sites and a population of 150 turtles in the wild to more than 1,200 today.

Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle University have launched the Seattle Urban Carnivore Project, a community science initiative, to explore how carnivores are adapting to changing habitats as the greater Seattle population increases. Urban and suburban communities are growing worldwide, pushing carnivores and other local species into more populated areas. Because of this potential for more human-carnivore interactions, increased understanding of and coexistence with these species is critical for their continued survival.

Driven and supported by our community, we are actively keeping the Northwest Forever Green.


You Are Living Northwest

Woodland Park Zoo has remained an integral part of the Pacific Northwest for over 120 years. As a cornerstone of the community and a leader in conservation, the work of Woodland Park Zoo has never been more important.

We’re calling on everyone to join us in redefining conservation for our era; there is no better place to start than giving everyone opportunities to build emotional connections with animals and take action—both at the zoo and throughout the greater Puget Sound area.

Supporters Make It Possible

Your gifts bolster our efforts to connect more people in our community with the joy and wonder of the natural world, helping us save wildlife and inspire conservation. It’s thanks to YOU that our work continues and that we reach more of our community through increased access and inclusion programs. Your support keeps us Forever Green, Forever Living, Northwest.

Thank you. Your Fund Our Future investment will ensure Woodland Park Zoo stays an icon of caring and conservation for our community and local ecosystems.

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

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