Woodland Park Zoo/Ryan Hawk
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Woodland Park Zoo has two entrances, at 750 N. 50th St. (south) and 5500 Phinney Ave. N. (west). The zoo is known for its dedication to replicating naturalistic habitats. The Assam Rhino Reserve allows visitors to encounter two young rhinos up close and some of their native neighbors Asian brown tortoises and demoiselle cranes. The Tropical Rain Forest habitat, in addition to offering jaguar and gorilla exhibits, is lush with 700 plant species. The Adaptations Building is home to meerkats and nocturnal animals as well as the world's largest lizard—the endangered Komodo dragon, a native of Indonesia. Northern Trail provides a habitat for brown bears, river otters, Roosevelt elk, gray wolves, mountain goats and Steller's sea eagles.

Endangered orangutans, Malayan tapirs and siamangs reside within the Trail of Vines, while hippopotamuses, giraffes, patas monkeys, zebras and lions roam the African Savanna. The Temperate Forest and Wildlife Survival Zone include various waterfowl species, red pandas and maned wolves, while Bug World thrills kids with the likes of cockroaches, walking sticks and tarantulas.

Humboldt penguins live in a habitat that mimics the desert coast of Peru, complete with cliffs, beaches and crashing waves. Willawong Station is a walk-through bird enclosure showcasing Australian parrots. Last but not least is Zoomazium, an indoor, all-season nature play space and learning center.

Rental strollers and wheelchairs are available.

Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.

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