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Winter is a great time to take kids to the zoo in Seattle or Tacoma

Baby tree kangaroo Ecki, born eight months ago at Woodland Park Zoo, is gradually spending more time out of his mother’s pouch.

Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo


Don't let the calendar (or the weather forecast) scare you: Winter is a great time to take the kids to the zoo, and we are lucky to have two of them nearby.

You'll probably find them a bit less crowded but just as interesting (maybe more!) Pack up the kids, put them in coats and maybe rainboots, pack a PB&J if you're so inclined, and go see the animals! Both local zoos have indoor areas if you need a break from the elements.

Just be sure to check the hours and days of operation, as they may be slightly limited right now. Here are the zoo websites:
Woodland Park
Point Defiance

It's not as if the animals, or their keepers, take the winter off. There are all kinds of exciting (and adorable) developments from both local zoos these days.

We told you just a few days ago about Moea, the sea otter rescued in California and adopted by Point Defiance. She is making friends and impressing visitors with her antics and her general cuteness.

Not to be outdone, Woodland Park Zoo is bragging on its baby tree kangaroo, Ecki, born eight months ago but gradually spending more time out of his mother’s pouch.

Ecki is named after a beloved elder from one of the remote Papua New Guinea villages that works with Woodland Park Zoo to help protect tree kangaroos and their habitat. The joey and his mother, 11-year-old Elanna, live behind the scenes in an off-view habitat at the zoo.

Another new arrival, Bandar a 5-year-old male Sumatran tiger, made his debut Jan. 12-13 at Point Defiance.

Bandar, born at Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Aug. 5, 2013, is a potential mate for Point Defiance’s female Sumatran tigers, Kali, 5, and Kirana, 4. The species is critically endangered. Bandar arrived last month from the Akron Zoo and has been getting accustomed to his new home. 


Point Defiance welcomed a record 820,776 guests in 2018, thanks in part to the September opening of its new Pacific Seas Aquarium. Animals are still being added to the aquarium, and a monthlong community celebration is set for April (more on that as it grows closer!)


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