Looking for something fun to do with the family on the weekend? Come check out the lion cubs at the Woodland Park Zoo, and stop by the espresso stand at the south entrance for a cup of Caffe Vita and a visit with Jennah and Maurice!
Also, you can name their new otters, and win an ice cream party for 100!
The contest began Friday, May 24 and will continue through Saturday, June 15, 5:00 p.m. PST.
As a tribute to the otters’ native southern and southeastern Asia range, all qualified name entries must be submitted in the Malay language. The winning names will be chosen by a panel of zoo judges.
Follow these three simple steps to name our otters:
1. Look up words or names in the Malay language. Choose two names, one for him and one for her.
2. Pick up a ballot at any Seattle area Umpqua Bank store, clip out a ballot from select issues of The Seattle Times, or submit your otter names online at zoo.org/nametheotters.
3. Wait until the final two names are chosen to find out if you won one of two grand prizes!
The Asian small-clawed otters debuted May 4 during the grand opening celebration of the new Bamboo Forest Reserve exhibit, but their welcome to Woodland Park Zoo won’t be complete without your help!
If you are looking for more ways to get involved, check out The Woodland Zoo’s website or Facebook page! You can also follow them on Twitter!
The story behind Caffe Vita’s…Papua New Guinea coffee starts with a marsupial.
The animal in question, an endangered species called the tree kangaroo, resembles a bear shrunk to the size of a squirrel. It’s not a creature most coffee drinkers have likely heard of, but its habitat in the high-elevation jungles of Papua New Guinea’s Huon Peninsula happens to also be an area where Arabica thrives.
A recent initiative from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and Vita’s buying and roasting team aims to stabilize—and increase—the tree-dweller’s numbers by helping indigenous villages in the area earn money through their distinct-tasting coffee rather than selling their land to timber and energy companies. “This gives us an opportunity,” says Danny Samandingke, a farmer and teacher from the area who was at last month’s Coffee Fest Seattle, standing beside Caffe Vita baristas as they brewed samples of the region’s product. “There are so many challenges in the country, but this gives us hope.”