Activities are free with zoo admission except as noted. Subject to cancellation depending on the cooperation of weather and animals.


Daily activities offered through September 30, 2022
*denotes fee-based activity


Special Update

To protect animals most at risk from exposure to avian influenza, some exhibits are temporarily closed or empty, and programming may be altered.


Animal Feeding Experiences and Encounter Opportunities

Portrait photo of a goat

Family Farm Contact Area

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Daily (closed noon – 1:00 p.m.)

Is a goat soft? How does a sheep want to be touched? Pet a selection of domestic farm animals and learn more about them in supervised areas at the Family Farm.

Child feeding a rhino

Rhino Encounter*

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Daily (except Mondays)

*Cost: $10 per person, children 5 and under free with paying adult

Enjoy an up-close meet and greet with rhinos Glenn and Taj. Hear from rhino keepers about how they care for one of the zoo’s largest residents and learn how you can help save rhinos in the wild.

Tickets are available for purchase at the West and South Entrances only. Tickets must be purchased before arriving at the experience.

Family feeding a giraffe

Giraffe Experience*

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Daily (except Tuesdays)

*Cost: $10 per person, children 5 and under free with paying adult

Get up close and personal with the tallest animals on the African Savanna and learn about what makes these animals so magnificent! If you’re lucky, the giraffe will take a leafy snack from your hand!

Tickets are available for purchase at the West and South Entrances only. Tickets must be purchased before arriving at the experience.


Summer Programs


Ride the Historic Carousel*

9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Daily

*Cost: $3 a ride (cash or card) in addition to zoo admission

Enjoy rides on Woodland Park Zoo’s Historic Carousel with classic, hand-carved wooden carousel horses.

NOTE: The Historic Carousel closes to the public at 3:00 p.m. on ZooTunes concert days. It will not be open during the concert.


Animal Keeper Talks

Locations of programs are posted at the zoo’s entrances

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Daily, Times Vary

Animal keepers provide exceptional care to all the animals at the zoo, making sure they have everything they need to be healthy and happy. Hear great stories about the individual animals that call Woodland Park Zoo home


Wildlife Theater

ZooVenture: A Hero’s Tail

11:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. daily (except Wednesday)

Come on an adventure with the ambassador animals’ team. Meet the zoo’s cast of animal keepers and creatures, and join them as they set out on a quest! Trot, jump and flap over to Wildlife Theater for this fun show.


Tiger Training Demonstration

Banyan Wilds

11:00 a.m. Fridays & Saturdays

How do animal keepers safely work with large powerful predators? Learn how training allows tigers to participate in their own care and discover what Woodland Park Zoo is doing to protect these iconic cats


Sloth Bear Talk

Banyan Wilds

3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Meet the sloth bears and discover the most unique feeding strategy in the animal kingdom! Learn about the newest cubs born New Year’s Day and what the zoo is doing to save this vulnerable species.


Live Trout Feeding

Humboldt Penguin Exhibit

11:00 a.m. Saturdays

Penguins may not look fast on the ground, but they are swift and agile swimmers. Watch as these charismatic birds demonstrate their expert fish-hunting abilities when buckets of live trout are added to their pool!


Molbak’s Butterfly Garden

Opens May 27, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Daily (Free with zoo admission)

Stroll among hundreds of free-flying butterflies inside an enclosed space, all while surrounded by a display of beautiful flowers. Learn about the life cycle of these colorful, winged insects while watching larvae undergo a miraculous metamorphosis as they emerge as butterflies before flying. Behind the butterfly garden is the year-round Microsoft Pollinator Patio, a garden complete with ideas and actions to take on behalf of native pollinators.


Ask a Master Gardener Clinics

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sundays starting May 1
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thursdays, Sundays starting May 26
Location: Molbak's Butterfly Garden

Master Gardener volunteers provide engaging gardening information that is research-based and focused on environmentally friendly practices. Free advice is available on gardening, plant problems, plant identification, pest management and soil improvement. People of all ages are encouraged to get outdoors and learn about gardening.


Horticulture Talks

1:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Location: Banyan Wilds

Plenty of carnivores live at Woodland Park Zoo, but did you know the zoo also has carnivorous plants? Hear incredible floral stories from the zoo’s talented horticulture team.

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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