Now that my nieces are all grown up, I don’t get to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium as much as I used to. In fact, the last time I went was in 2004, when the zoo opened its Sumatran tiger exhibit.
So I was pleasantly surprised Wednesday at the opening of Red Wolf Woods, the lovely new exhibit for the zoo’s mated pair of red wolves, Ocean Blue and Graham, and three other animals. The landscaping at the zoo seems lusher than I remember – with welcome signage on the plants. I was able to swing over to the Asian Forest Sanctuary and see the incredibly cute new tiger cubs, Bima and Mali, as they romped around and nursed on mother Jaya. If you haven’t seen them yet, go soon. They’re getting big fast.
Back at Red Wolf Woods, the mated pair in the new 7-acre exhibit seemed to be enjoying themselves, loping gracefully all around the natural setting, which includes a flowing stream, trees and grassy knolls. The crowd that came to see them at the opening didn’t seem to intimidate the pair, which exhibited playful behavior that looked a lot like courtship. That’s good news for zookeepers, who hope the pair will have a litter this spring. Read more »