Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Aquarium Celebrate World Habitat Day

Together, We Do Anything for Animals

Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Aquarium Celebrate World Habitat Day



SEATTLE—Together, we do anything for animals. 

Today is World Habitat Day, and the Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo have teamed up to celebrate our commitment to the species and spaces of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. 

Cisco the 34-year-old Harris’s hawk ventured from Woodland Park Zoo with Animal Keeper Kam Thiele for a private adventure at the Seattle Aquarium’s Window on Washington Waters habitat. 

While raptors normally have a bird’s-eye view of salmon down below, this encounter was a once-in-lifetime experience for both the fish and their feathery visitor, as they were eye-to-eye for the very first time. Cisco watched like a hawk (pun intended) as the salmon and rockfish received a morning feeding from Brianne (Bri) Ankenman, Aquarist. 

The aquarium and the zoo partner year-round with a shared mission to save wildlife, and October in the Pacific Northwest is particularly special. October is the month where Native people, the original stewards of this land, are recognized on Indigenous People’s Day. It is the month of salmon spawning, a critical indicator of habitat health and reminder about the importance of clean water. It is a time for reflection about the connectedness of animals, humans and the environment. And this month we highlight the Wild at Heart series and the partnership between the zoo and the Aquarium.  

To see a video of the meeting between Cisco, salmon, and keepers Kam and Bri, visit the Seattle Aquarium or Woodland Park Zoo social media or visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3fbxJ6gmG4

Living Northwest with Woodland Park Zoo

At Woodland Park Zoo, the Living Northwest started as a signature conservation program and has grown to include an on-site exhibit and a community movement of individuals, partners and policymakers committing to discovery, recovery and coexistence. From educational programs about coexisting with carnivores, to repopulation of native western pond turtles and Oregon silverspot butterflies, the zoo is dedicated to working with our partners to preserve and protect the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

To learn more about what it means to be Living Northwest, visit the zoo’s new PNW conservation website at www.WeAreLivingNorthwest.org and share your favorite photos of regional nature using #IAmLivingNorthwest.

Cedar River Salmon Journey with Seattle Aquarium

Salmon play a key role in our economy and are the cornerstone of our local ecosystem, which supports us all. These amazing creatures are also critical to the health and well-being of Coast Salish peoples, who stewarded these lands and waters for generations and continue to do so today. Plus, our local orcas, J, K and L pod rely on these salmon runs to thrive in the waters of the Salish Sea.

Here in Seattle, we’re fortunate to host one of the few wildlife migrations that runs through the heart of an urban watershed. The Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed supports a threatened run of Chinook—as well as sockeye and coho—salmon. Join us every weekend in October to view the final part, and beginning, of this great migration. Learn more at www.seattleaquarium.org/salmon-journey.

Wild at Heart

Arts, science and heritage are the heart of Seattle. We are a vibrant and rich community of cultural partners -- from artists to actors to animal lovers, museums to musicians, and singers to scientists. We are all Wild at Heart, and we celebrate our unique and collective contributions that bring life to this city. To learn more about Wild at Heart, visit www.zoo.org/together.

Photo and Video credit: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, Woodland Park Zoo

About the Seattle Aquarium
Founded in 1977 and located on Pier 59 in the heart of Seattle, Washington, the nonprofit Seattle Aquarium serves as the largest platform for ocean conservation and engagement in the Pacific Northwest. With a mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, it leads educational, conservation and regional research initiatives for a healthier planet. A thriving and vibrant Aquarium is a key part of Seattle. Help secure the Aquarium for years to come by donating to the Resilience Fund at www.seattleaquarium.org/donate.

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Tim Kuniholm
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