There are plenty of crazy parties over the summer, but none of them are technically as wild as last Friday’s the 38th annual Woodland Park Zoo’s Jungle Party.
Giving guests a chance to tour the grounds and meet some animals, the event also included a Happy Hour, a silent and live auction and an amazing dinner to cap it all off.
With pristine, summer weather, the entire event could not have been more perfect.
Caffe Vita served both hot coffee and cold brew during the Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm, but we stuck around a little bit longer to make sure we got to take in the entire experience—okay, and see as many animals as possible.
And if you want to know just how wild the Jungle Party is, picture potbelly pigs laying on the grass beside your feet while waiting for your Vita cold brew.
Yes, such is the life of a visitor at the zoo.
After mingling with other guests and learning a few different tips about the birds, reptiles and mammals that were displayed in the common area—like the ball python, Boy, whose tongue was moving crazily by the many different scents his instincts could pick up—I made my way towards some of the animals that I will rarely see again.
For all those who have dreamt of going to far away countries in Africa or Asia, the Woodland Park Zoo saves you the trip.
Featuring some incredible exhibits, I found myself being stalked by the King of the Jungle—thankfully with glass as a protector in case he got any ideas—and standing about three feet beneath the head of a giraffe.
I was also fortunate enough to be eye-to-eye with a gorilla while getting a private, exercise session from an elephant, which was playing with a ball in his area, as if he knew there was an audience.
As someone who had not been to a zoo since my junior year of high school, one thing became apparent very quickly—one is never too old to marvel at wild animals.
Breaking away from the tour guide, which probably wasn’t supposed to happen, I was able to walk the entire zoo without being rushed, truly taking in everything each exhibit had to offer.
Making my way back towards the live auction area, I was treated to some fantastic, catered food that included fresh salmon and a few other appetizers, end our fantastic evening.
If you’re looking for something to do with your family, friends or significant other, the Woodland Park Zoo is a perfect place to feel as though you’re somewhere exotic, yet don’t need to leave the city of Seattle.