Lions, Lambs, and More

We expect March to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but if you really want to get up close and personal with lions and lambs (and just about any other kind of creature under the sun) visit one of our area's marvelous farms, zoos, and aquariums.

Cougar Mountain Zoological Park, Issaquah: This zoo focuses on educating the public about endangered animals. Mini-lectures on the zoo's different animal species and animal exercise and enrichment are held daily. Guided tours are available for groups. The zoo hosts the annual Reindeer Festival each December. For more information, call 425-391-5508 or go to

Kelsey Creek Park and Farm, Bellevue: The 150-acre park includes both forest and wetland habitats, numerous trails, a playground for little ones, a picnic area, and the centerpiece barn and pastures. The farm is home to a variety of farm animals, including horses, pigs, goats, sheep, poultry, and rabbits. Tours, classes, animal viewing, and other recreational programs are held during the year. For more information, call 425-452-7688 or go to

Outback Christmas Tree and Kangaroo Farm, Arlington: It's true! There's a little bit of Australia in Arlington, WA. Several guided tours are offered each day around this funny farm that makes you feel like you're Down Under. Featured animals include kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos, emus, flying squirrels, llamas, and more. And if you fall in love with one of those endearing marsupials? Owner Ray Strom sells them, too! For more information, call (360) 403-7474 or go to

Seattle Aquarium: Although the Aquarium, beautifully situated on Seattle's waterfront, is undergoing a major renovation and expansion, it is open and fulfilling its mission to inspire conservation of our marine environment. Visitors will enjoy traditional favorites, such as the underwater dome and the Pacific Coral Reef, as well as recently completed upgrades, such as the Life on the Edge touch tanks and the new Pacific Coast Orcas: Family Activity Center (sorry, no live orcas!). Daily talks, animal feedings, and demonstrations round out your visit. Call 206.386.4300 or go to for more information.

Washington Serpentarium, Monroe: Operated by the well-known Reptile Man, Scott Peterson, this one-of-a kind zoo has one of the most comprehensive collections of reptiles in the western U.S. Animals include (devenomized) venomous and non-venomous snakes, lizards and frogs, crocodilians and turtles, and invertebrates such as spiders and centipedes. Kids can hold 10 kinds of snakes during their visit. For more info on this creepy-crawly zoo, call 360-805-5300 or go to

Wolf Haven, Tenino: Wolf Haven, nestled in a peaceful forest setting, is home to 42 captive born wolves. The sanctuary offers educational opportunities including guided walking tours, self-guided tours through the surrounding prairie, and seasonal programs, such as Howl Ins. For more info, call 800-448-9653 or go to

Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle: Our area's premier zoo is home to animals from around the world housed in natural settings and habitats such as the Northern Trail, the African Savannah, Tropical Rain Forest, Trail of Vines, and Family Farm, and more. See the Web site for special Teacher Resources and upcoming events and classes. Call 206.684.4800 or go to for more information.