Formerly Northern Trail



Discover, Recover and Coexist

Phase 1 Now Open

Discover local wildlife and how we are all connected to nature and each other by the choices we make every day. The Living Northwest Trail highlights conservation successes and challenges up ahead as we all work together to create a sustainable future for people and animals in the Northwest.

The new exhibit reimagines the former Northern Trail, where the zoo’s beloved gray wolves, river otters, grizzly bear and other local wildlife can inspire a community movement for Northwest conservation.

This exhibit is made possible with dedicated support from private funders and major maintenance funding from the voter-approved Seattle Park District.

Phase 2 and 3

Coming Fall 2022

Pigott Family Lynx Exhibit:  Get up close to this little-seen Northwest carnivore and discover the lynx’s link to climate change.

Cathy Herzig Basecamp Northwest (formerly Tundra Center):  Inside is your basecamp for exploring conservation solutions in the Northwest including a never-before-seen glimpse into the zoo’s flagship conservation lab where animal keepers rear endangered turtles to be released into protected wetlands each year.



Have you seen the beautiful, Native-carved artwork on the new Living Northwest Trail?

Hear artist and storyteller Roger Fernandes from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe or S'Klallam Tribe share the stories behind the animal symbols and the living traditions they represent. Roger designed and worked with master carver Toma Villa, an artist and carver from the Yakama Tribe, to bring this wonderful Native carved panel to life on the Living Northwest Trail.


This Land


Land Acknowledgment


These are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott (1855), whose stewardship for the waters, plants, land and animal relatives in the Northwest has continued since time immemorial. Woodland Park Zoo acknowledges this stewardship, the sovereign rights of the Tribal signatories, and our responsibility to join with these Tribes to inspire and advance the restoration of relationships between humans and the living world around us.


Lushootseed is a language spoken across many Tribes in the Puget Sound region and a member of the Salish language family. It is also a trading language used amongst many Tribes. It was selected for Woodland Park Zoo’s Land Acknowledgement because it is representative and inclusive of multiple Tribes in this region.

Thank you to the Tulalip Lushootseed Department for this translation and recording.

Woodland Park Zoo · Lushootseed Land Acknowledgment





Northwest river and forest

Make a gift of any size to support this work and efforts to save wildlife in the Northwest and around the world. With a gift of $1,000 or more, you will be recognized within the exhibit in 2022. Simply choose the Living Northwest Trail designation on the donation form.

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Camera trap photo of a Coyote

Learn about the zoo’s Living Northwest conservation projects that are saving species across our region.

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What Animals Will You See?

Brown Bear


Gray Wolf

Mountain Goat

Snowy Owl

Steller's Sea Eagle

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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