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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Seattle by Eric Amrine

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Woodland Park Zoo

Designed in 1909 by architect John Olmsted, this is one of the oldest zoos on the West Coast. Occupying an area of 92 acres, the landscape offers a natural habitat for nearly 300 animal species. Reflecting a naturalistic mission to advocate conservation and education while imparting the value of an ecological perspective, the animal habitats are as close to nature as possible. African mammals roam grasslands of a savanna; Asian elephants thrive in Thai-style setting; grizzly bears frolic over logs and in a stream running down a steep hill. A popular attraction for families with young children is the petting zoo, literally a hands-on activity that’s fun and educational.

Woodland Park Zoo

  • 601 North 59th St

  • 206 684 4800

  • Open mid-Mar–Apr: ...

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