The exhibits

The exhibits

Credit: Woodland Park Zoo

Tigers at forest Cascades


by Woodland Park Zoo

Posted on March 31, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:09 PM

Malayan Tiger - Opening 2014

Get closer to tigers than ever before at Woodland Park Zoo. See the natural instincts of the animals kick in when they interact with enrichment opportunities that allow them to stalk “prey” as they chase a lure line that runs through the exhibit, jostle trees to retrieve snacks, and track live fish in a shallow pool.

State-of-the-art acoustic engineering will transport you with the symphonic sounds of the forest. As you stand under the roots of a Banyan tree, you will get close enough to hear even the minutest sounds of the tiger - breathing, coughing, purring, licking and deep rumbling.

At the training wall, you will have the opportunity to observe zookeepers working one-on-one with the Malayan tigers and sloth bears. These training presentations will get you closer to live predators than at any other exhibit at the zoo, and provide insight into how the zoo safely cares for such large and dangerous animals.


Sloth bear exhibit - Opening 2014

Imagine: all that separates you from a foraging sloth bear is a grove of stalks. This innovative containment feature’s steel pipes mimic bamboo on the bear’s side, securely yielding to the real thing on the visitor’s side.

You’ll see, hear, and smell the lively sloth bears as they interact with state-of-the-art enrichment opportunities throughout the new exhibit. They’ll use their sense of smell and dexterity to retrieve food hidden in digging pits, crack into marrow as they break open bones in a specially designed bone-breaking pit, slurp grubs out of logs in their dry ravine landscape and put their vacuum-like eating style to work at a keeper-assisted feeding demonstration.

Asian Small-clawed otter exhibit - Opening in 2013

A splashing stream leads you to a pair of the smallest otter species in the world, running, hunting for fish, grooming and tumbling over each other, cavorting in a marsh or on the beach. This charismatic species is new to Woodland Park Zoo.

The otter is considered a conservation indicator species, its survival so dependent on the health of the forest and interconnected waterways.


Conservation Action Center - Opening 2014

Woodland Park Zoo’s commitment to tigers and the diverse Asian forests they represent goes beyond the walls of the zoo and extends to field work in Asia, where the survival of a species hangs in the balance.

To connect the zoo’s 1.2 million annual visitors with real opportunity to make a difference in Asia, Woodland Park Zoo’s new exhibit complex will serve as a conservation headquarters, bringing to life for zoo visitors how the zoo’s Asian field conservation partners and local communities are saving wild animals and habitats.

Keepers, docents and conservation scientists will talk excitedly about tiger research and conservation at the Conservation Action Center as children pepper them with questions. Hands-on activities and high tech devices engage visitors year-round in compelling stories about saving endangered forest species, offering ways to take action right here, right now.