Animals and much more: Celebrate 'Zoo for All' Saturday at Woodland Park
Dennis Dow / Woodland Park Zoo
Everyone is invited to Woodland Park Zoo on Saturday for Zoo for All: Celebrating Our Cultures, a day of unity and celebration featuring multicultural music and dance performances, animal encounters and activities highlighting other organizations serving the community.
More than 25 nonprofit and community organizations will be on site offering crafts, giveaways and more.
Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Regular zoo admission applies, although the zoo is providing admission and transportation to low-income families connected to nonprofit partners El Centro de la Raza, Refugee Women’s Alliance, Chief Seattle Club and Solid Ground. Festivities take place on the zoo's North Meadow, and the West Entrance is closest to that.
The event is part of a zoo effort to reach members of more and varied communities with the zoo's activities, events and conservation message.
In other news from Woodland Park, the seasonal Molbak’s Butterfly Garden opens May 24 and runs through Sept. 2.
Walk among hundreds of free-flying butterflies inside a 3,000-square-foot enclosure.
Also, baby giraffe Hasani (“handsome” in Swahili), born May 2 with foot troubles, is doing great and walking on his new custom-made shoes. He is not officially on view yet, but you never know when you might catch a glimpse of him getting some exercise.
And Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma excitedly welcomed the birth of eight (eight!) red-wolf pups. The species is critically endangered, so this is very welcome news.
Here's a great guide to taking the kids on a day trip to Point Defiance — from a mom who does it a lot!