Update On Area Man's Mission To Save Zoo's Nocturnal House

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As we reported Jan. 8th, area native Scott Gifford recently spearheaded an effort to save the Woodland Park Zoo’s “Nocturnal House” from closing.

Unfortunately this drive failed, as the zoo has set March 1st as the closure date for the exhibit.

Here’s an update from the zoo’s website:

The Night Exhibit (formerly known as Nocturnal House) at Woodland Park Zoo will remain open to zoo visitors until March 1, and a number of the animals currently housed there will go on exhibit elsewhere at the zoo.

“The good news is that we are able to keep several of the animals by moving them to other exhibits. Visitors still will be able to enjoy some of their favorites,” said zoo Deputy Director Bruce Bohmke.

The animals to remain at the zoo include a pair of two-toed sloths, which will move to the zoo’s award-winning Tropical Rain Forest exhibit. The Rodrigues fruit bats, tamanduas (small anteaters native to South America) and springhaas (small rodents native to southeastern Africa) will move to the zoo’s Adaptations Building. A three-banded armadillo will be used as a presentation animal for up-close education programs. These animals were selected to stay at the zoo primarily because they are not completely “nocturnal,” but rather active during daylight hours as well.

Scott shared this update with us:

The Zoo, while not keeping the exhibit open, is trying to keep many of the animals … They are now accepting money to both support the animals and begin the process the process of replacing or renovating the Night House. While it is not everything that we want, it is a chance to show the Zoo that we are willing to contribute money to help the exhibit.

Personally I am donating 20% of my fees from my estate planning practice to this fund for anyone who mentions the nocturnal house when they contact me for a will, trust, power of attorney, or other legal matter at [email protected].

If you love these animals and exhibit as much as many of us, you help out and make a donation to the “Nocturnal Animal Fund” online at: www.zoo.org/nocturnalanimalfund or via snail mail to:

Woodland Park Zoo
601 N. 59th St.
Seattle, WA 98103

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One Response to “Update On Area Man's Mission To Save Zoo's Nocturnal House”
  1. I sure wish Scott well in this pursuit. Woodland Park’s Nocturnal House is quite literally one of the best nocturnal exhibits in the entire USA. In fact, on our book’s website, we were about to release a new Top Ten list, of the Top Ten Nocturnal exhibits. We had definitely planned on including Woodland Park, but now we may have to replace it.

    Allen Nyhuis, Coauthor: America’s Best Zoos

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