National Wildlife Federation: Be on the lookout for Black Squirrels. The animals were introduced by the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and can be a common sight in the city.
Shall Williams: Make sure u look up in the Rainforest so u don't miss the monkeys... Derek Jones: This is the best vantage point for watching the cheetah family.
Smithsonian's BMNH: Take a look at the Bird-Eating Tarantula, one of the largest spiders in the world. Smithsonian's BMNH: Interact with live Insects at one of the stations staffed by the Museum’s volunteers.
Lindsay Thompson: The people at the gift shop are not helpful they don't even know the names of the monkeys at the zoo Annie Deck: The lions and tigers don't love the heat of the day.
Markus Tornado: The mammals are pretty interesting, but you'll see more at the bird house Kim Compton: A must-see and has an indoor exhibit for hot summer days.
Honey Rush: Bring a hat, umbrella or something to shield you from the sun. Andrew A.: The wolves & underwater seal & sea lion areas are particularly cool.
Cathy Hunt: Skip it doesn't eagle no bears no otters Trey Terrell: Bring something shiny, they'll put on a show for you.
Sophie Masada, Corps teen volunteer and amphibian Monitoring Citizen Science participant With WashingtonState’s storied history of farms and agriculture, it’s no wonder that the Seattle area has some of the best petting zoos around.
From Woodland Park to the foothills of the “Issaquah Alps” and from Everett to verdant Redmond, there’s a petting zoo for every animal lover. Children can meet sociable rabbits, playful pigs, gregarious goats and more at Woodland Park’s petting zoo.
Children can pet the goats and rabbits, learn about basic animal care from zookeepers and have fun in a designated play area. Children can get up close and personal with cats and kittens, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, peacocks, miniature horses and even take a pony ride or two.
In addition to helping children get to know farm animals, the park also has pony ride classes, a preschool and summer day camps. Fashioned in the 1930s style, this working farm features cows, pigs, sheep, rabbits, chickens and ponies.
The Farm features free pony rides for children ages two and older, forested walking paths and a swimming pool. Both zoos have animals from all over the world, but Woodland Park definitely edges out Point Defiance in a number of critters living within its bounds.
Woodland Park’s primate population is also impressive with gorillas, orangutans, shamans, macaques and more. Point Defiance has a slightly heavier emphasis on animals from the Northwest and West Coast of the U.S. but does have tigers, elephants and primates too.
Woodland Park Zoo spans over an impressive 92 acres with 65 of those dedicated to public space. If you’ve got kids or otherwise plan to visit the zoo often, membership is a great way to go.
Woodland Park Zoo’s regular membership gets you unlimited admission for two named adults, their children, and grandchildren; half price for up to two guests per adult member and five free carousel rides. Choose the membership that fits your family size, and you’ll get: free admission, discounts on camps, 10% off the gift shop, half off Zoo lights, 20% off Northwest Trek, a free newsletter, and discounts for extra guests.
Rajiv Pillar / EyeEm / Getty Images Both zoos have programs for everyone from small children to adults, so the contest is pretty even in this area. Woodland Park Zoo has camps for kids during the school year and summer.
During the summer, camps operate for kids from 4 to 14 years old, divided into groups by age. Point Defiance Zoo has an equally varied camp and program lineup.
For these events, both zoos put up Christmas light displays sure to please visitors. Design Pics / Jeff Cruz / Getty Images Perhaps you’ve been to both zoos and are hoping for something new and different.
Visitors can take a tram ride through the park to see animals living in their natural habitat. There are few more popular ways to entertain the kids for a day (without going out of town) than a visit to the local zoo.
But if you live in between or if you’re debating whether both are worth visiting, read on for a comparison of Western Washington’s two zoos and what’s unique about both of them. Since the 1940s, Olympic Game Farm in Sequin, WA has been dedicated to the welfare and well-being of animals.
With over 200 animals on-site, our driving tour leaves our visitors with vivid memories of these amazing creatures; experiences which, at first are hard to imagine, become pleasantly surprising. Friendly llamas and yak eat bread from your hand, clowning bears stand up and wave, and the elk and buffalo peacefully graze in the pastures.
A few popular titles produced with our past animal actors are “Charlie the Lonesome Cougar,” “The Incredible Journey,” “White Wilderness,” and “Grizzly Adams” television and movie series. In 2012, we had used our black bear “Kitty” and wolf “Brutus” in “Serenity Farms”.
In winter of 2013, we used “Kitty” once again in a National Geographic documentary on black bear in the city. Our founders Lloyd and Catherine Beebe retired from the filming industry and focused solely on caring for their animal actors, concentrating on offering “in need” captive bred animals a new and loving home.
Olympic Game Farm will continue to accept in-need wildlife, as space permits and with the proper authority approvals. We cannot accept local animals from the wild without proper permission from WashingtonState Fish and Wildlife.
Lloyd and Catherine Beebe and Olympic Game Farm were honored through a Senate Resolution 8612 on January 20, 2011. Lloyd Beebe won Fiefdom’s Famous Five’s 1960 from Film Daily.
Disney Studios ultimately held a vote from their Board of Directors and decided it was ok to continue to be open to the public and retain any earnings received. That same year, we officially opened to the public as a private wildlife organization and became incorporated in 1973.
In the past, filmmaking and tourism was the mainstay; however, as the years and societal attitudes have evolved the film industry genre, live animal actors are no longer in high demand. Income made from summer carries the Farm through the lean winter months.
This presents tough budgeting constraints and is a tremendous struggle each year. Game farms are usually in connection with commerce, such as breeding, selling, or trading and are privately funded by the owners.
We have used a few of our current animals in several films, “Serenity Farms,” “Captain Fantastic,” and a National Geographic documentary on black bears and city encroachment. Typical drive tour takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour, but it is completely self-paced.
Why can’t we bring in fruit or other food items to feed the animals? Bread has been proven to be an excellent source of fat and fiber for our animals.
Meat, poultry, fish, nuts, berries, vegetables, fruit, roots, vitamins, minerals, hay, & grain are fed daily, during business hours and after closing. Any food items other than the bread brought to feed will be held at the gate until the tour is over, and it will be returned.
Some animals are not allowed certain foods due to medical reasons, dental problems, allergies, being strict carnivores, etc. For the best interest of our animals, it is important only wheat or whole grain bread from the Game Farm is fed to them.
NO MOTORCYCLES, SCOOTERS, MOPEDS, OR BICYCLES ARE PERMITTED on drive tour. The difference between the original walk and the new mini-tour is: • In the original tour, a tour guide would walk visitors through the predator area in addition to the barn and aquarium and was only offered to groups of 10 people or more when scheduled in advance at an additional charge.
PLEASE plan your trip to Olympic Game Farm prior to your arrival here. Saturday and Sunday can see over 500 cars each day with peak times from ranging from 11 a.m. to 4-5 p.m. Traffic congestion throughout the Farm is always a concern during this time, and we ask that all visitors be conscious and courteous to other visitors who are also trying to enjoy themselves as they drive around the Farm.
Remember, your receipt is good all day until closing so that you can go around multiple times as needed. Also, our animals do get tired towards the afternoon/evening and can/will start to ignore people as the day wears on.