The second meeting for community input on Woodland Park Zoo’s new Sensory Garden is from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6552 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will present a preferred design that was developed from community input, and will gather additional ideas to be incorporated into the final design.
This community-initiated project develops a garden for the senses by adding enhanced sight, touch, smell and sound elements with the intent to increase accessibility and provide a welcoming atmosphere and experience for all. The Sensory Garden is an expansion of Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden on .7 acres of existing zoo property. The new garden will be located adjacent to the Rose Garden at Woodland Park Zoo at 700 N 50th Street.
The community is invited to help design the new Seattle Sensory Garden at Woodland Park Zoo. The first public meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N., in the downstairs Red Room of the Blue Building.
Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager and the design team of Fischer Bouma Partnership, Richard Hartlage of Land Morphology and Mark Epstein of Hafs Epstein, will provide project information and gather community input for the garden’s design.
The goal of the project is to develop a garden for the senses by adding sight, touch, smell and sound elements to increase accessibility and provide a welcoming atmosphere and experience for all. The Sensory Garden is an expansion of the Rose Garden at Woodland Park Zoo.
This community-initiated project is funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. Seattle Parks and Recreation has been coordinating with Woodland Park Zoo, the Lions Club, Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center, Lighthouse for the Blind, ARC of King County and the Phinney Neighborhood Association.
Woodland Park Zoo’s elephants, Chai and Bamboo, have arrived at their new home in Oklahoma City, after being diverted to San Diego last month.
KING 5 had a crew on scene when the elephants’ caravan arrived about 3 a.m. at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
The elephants left Seattle after a years-long fight with animal activists over the elephants’ well being. Activists fought for the elephants to be moved to a sanctuary instead of another zoo. The elephants left for Oklahoma City hours after a judge gave the okay, but the caravan was diverted to San Diego due to severe weather.
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One child (12 and under) is free with each paid general admission ticket. Online tickets are available through a new system this year via Ticketfly. You can also buy tickets at zoo gates during regular zoo hours.
Update Thursday: Woodland Park Zoo posted an FAQ on its website with answers to questions about the move, including why it happened without advanced notice, and what keepers packed for the elephants on their 40-hour journey.
Update 6:25 p.m.: We just saw the flatbed truck with the elephants in climate-controlled crates leave Woodland Park Zoo, heading north on Phinney Avenue with an escort of police cars.
Earlier: The Woodland Park Zoo elephants are being prepared for their move to Oklahoma City, according to KING 5 news, which has a story being updated here.
Here’s today’s official statement from the zoo’s president and CEO, Dr. Deborah Jensen, posted on the zoo’s website.
SEATTLE – United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit today denied an emergency motion for injunctive relief. Following is a statement released by Woodland Park Zoo President and CEO Dr. Deborah Jensen:
“We are grateful to the federal Ninth Circuit for denying the emergency motion for a preliminary injunction that would have delayed the move of our two elephants to Oklahoma City Zoo.
“Today’s decision clears the way for us to proceed with moving our elephants, Bamboo and Chai, to join their new family at Oklahoma City Zoo. Focusing on the welfare of our elephants remains our top priority and it is important for us to move them now while the weather conditions are favorable.
“For the safety and security of Bamboo and Chai, we are unable to announce the exact timing of departure but will inform our zoo family and community once they have safely left the grounds of Woodland Park Zoo.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I want to thank the community for your continued support during this complicated time. We will keep everyone updated when the elephants are on the road.”
Woodland Park Zoo’s week-long Party for the Planet starts Saturday with keeper talks, special conservation activities, live musical performances, raptor flight demonstrations, a text message scavenger hunt, and a chance to meet the zoo’s newest residents, maned wolves Lana and Vinny, who have just moved into the Wildlife Survival Zone. Maned wolves have large ears and stilt-like legs.
On April 11, meet Seattle Mariners recycling mascots Captain Plastic and Kid Compost in Zoomazium.
Complete a text message scavenger hunt throughout the zoo and automatically be entered for a chance to win a behind-the-scenes penguin encounter for four.
Party for the Planet, which is free with zoo admission, runs Saturday, April 11, through Sunday, April 19.
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In case you missed it, the saga of Woodland Park Zoo‘s elephants continues as the Elephant Justice Project has filed a lawsuit challenging whether the zoo actually owns Chai and Bamboo and can therefore legally make the decision to move them to the Oklahoma City Zoo instead of sending them to a sanctuary.
The zoo had planned to move the elephants in the next couple of weeks, but that is now on hold pending a hearing on the motion in King County Superior Court.
The EJP held a press conference yesterday before the city council meeting. From the EJP press release:
Knoll Lowney, an attorney for EJP, summarizes: “The lawsuit is powerful in its simplicity. The Legislature passed a law in 2000 that allowed the City to contract with the Zoo Society to operate and manage the zoo, but the City had no legal authority to give away all of the animals and equipment. Our state Constitution prohibits such gifts. The 2002 agreement giving Chai and Bamboo to the Zoo Society is illegal and unconstitutional, so the Zoo Society has no authority to decide their fate.”
Woodland Park Zoo’s highly anticipated Spring Fecal Fest begins on Monday, giving gardeners the opportunity to purchase prized compost made from zoo animal droppings. Entries are accepted from March 9-29, with pick-up from April 11 through May 3.
Pick up where the animals left off. Zoo Doo is composed of species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as elephants, hippos, giraffes and more, and is perfect to grow veggies and annuals.
Due to a limited supply, Zoo Doo will be available in 5, 32 and 50 gallons only with a maximum of 100 gallons per recipient. Unfortunately, truck loads are not available this spring.
The good news is that Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, will be available by the truck load. Bedspread is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips and is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways.
Since this special fertilizer is limited, you have to enter a lottery for the chance to purchase. Online entry forms will be available beginning on Monday. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing (there are separate drawings for Zoo Doo and Bedspread). Entries will be selected randomly and only selected entries will be contacted. Phone and mail orders are not accepted.
Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.
Prices for Zoo Doo: 5 gallons – $5; 10 gallons – $10; 25 gallons – $15; 50 gallons – $20. Limited to 100 gallons per recipient. No truckloads. Pint-sized buckets are available at the ZooStore for $4.95.
Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed – $60; 6×4 bed – 50; 6×3 bed -$40. Winners can get up to two full truckloads per person.