​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Wild changes are under way!

Construction has begun on our new Bicentennial Pavilion​! During this exciting transition, just follow the north pathway between the Sea Lion and Walrus exhibits to easily access the Forests entrance. You can also explore our Oceans building, which also exits onto the North Pathway. 

Temperate and tropical forests across the world are represented in the Zoo's Forests exhibit. These environments are dominated by trees and wooded vegetation. Along with various flora and fauna, forests are also characterized by diverse animal species that call it their home. Forests occupy about one third of the Earth's land area and contain nearly 70 percent ​of the carbon present in living things. Whether interacting with tigers, bears, or any other creatures of the trees, you are sure to feel transported away from the cityscape while in our Forests area. These are the animals guests can meet at the Zoo:​

Alaska​n Brown Bear​

1-3-3 Kiak-Jackie Curts.jpgAverage​​ size: 5 to 8 feet in length, 700 pounds

Median life expectancy: 40 years

Key physical characteristics: Beige to dark brown in color; distinctive hump between their shoulders, created by a mass of muscle for upper body strengthNative region/habitat range: Northern forest and mountainous regions of North America, Europe and Asia

Eating habits: Hunt in the morning and evening, known to travel long distances to food sources; eats nuts, berries, fruit, leaves, roots, fish and some larger game.

Conservation status: Least concern

Fun facts: Because cubs stay with their mothers for up to two and a half years and twins are most common, females will only reproduce once every three years. A group of bears is called a sloth or sleuth. Brown bears have a high sense of smell, even better than a dog. So Zoo guests might notice our bears' noses twitching as they move around their exhibit. [close]

Amur Tiger

1-3-3 Amur tiger3-Fred Cate.jpgAverage size: 10.75 feet in length, 400 to 600 pounds​

Median life expectancy: 26.3 years

Key physical characteristics: Reddish-rusty or rusty-yellow coat with narrow black diagonal stripes

Native region/habitat range: Temperate Russian forests

Eating habits: Rely on sight and hearing when cautiously stalking prey; eats large game, small rodents or birds, fish.

Conservation status: Endangered

Fun facts: No two tigers have the same stripe pattern. Tiger cubs stay with their mothers for up to three years, and are unable to hunt for themselves until they are 18 months old. Tigers are excellent swimmers. [close]

Asian Small-Clawed Otter

Average size: 16 to 25 inches in length, 6 to 12 pound

Median life expectancy: 23 years

Key physical characteristics: Smallest species of otter, fully webbed feet and partially webbed hands

Native region/habitat range: Rivers and streams of Asian rain forests, including Indonesia, China, India and the Philippines

Eating habits: Hunt by using their vibrissae to detect movement, catch prey and hold in their paws to eat; feed on crabs, shellfish and crustaceans, fish, small land prey and eggs.

Conservation status: Vulnerable

Fun facts: These groups, known as lodges, are female-dominated and typically are made up of 4 to 12 otters. Asian small-clawed otters are considered to be the most vocal species, and can make more than a dozen different calls and signals. Fisherman and rice farmers like otters because they eat crayfish that damage fields, and they can be trained to drive fish into nets. [close]

Bald Eagle

Average size: 34 to 43 inch body, 6- to 8-foot wingspan, 6.5 to 14 pounds

Median life expectancy: 16.5 years

Key physical characteristics: White feathers along head, neck and tail in contrast to dark brown feathers along its body and yellow beak and talons

Native region/habitat range: North America

Eating habits: Glides or dives down over prey, snatching with their talons above ground or water; eats fish, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates

Conservation status: ​Least concern 

Fun facts: The bald eagle is the United States national bird. Bald eagle nests are some of the bird-world's biggest. The largest on record was 9.5 feet wide, 20 feet high and weighed more than 2 tons! Until they are about 5 years old, they lack the white marks that make these eagles so distinguishable.​ [close]​

​​Red Panda

1-3-3 Red panda11-Fred Cate.jpgAverage size: 20 to 26 inches head and body; tail 12 to 20 inches; 12 to 20 pounds

Median life expectanct: ​10.7 years

Key physical characteristics: Large, bushy, ringed tail; reddish brown coat; waddling gait

Native region/habitat range: Mountain ranges throughout Nepal, Central China and Myanmar

Eating habits: Climb and forage largely in trees; eats primarily bamboo, insects, acorns, eggs and fruit

Conservation status: Vulnerable

Fun facts: The red panda is actually distantly related to the better known, black and white, giant panda. These creatures are very well adapted to colder climates. Red pandas use their fluffy tails to wrap up in during winters in the mountains, and they even have fur on the pads of their feet to help keep them warm. [close]​​​​

Reeve's Muntjac

Average size: 2.5 to 3.5 feet tall, 24 to 60 pounds

Median life expectancy​: 23.2 years

Key physical characteristics: Small deer-like build, branched antlers, chestnut colored coat, tail with black above and white below, bony ridges on their faces that are lined with black hair along the inside

Native region/habitat range: Regions across Taiwan, Japan, Indonesian islands, India and Southern China

Eating habits: Feeds on soft woods, grasses, leaves, fruits and other low-growing plants

Conservation status: Least concern

Fun facts: Muntjacs are often called "barking deer" because of their deep throaty sounds signifying alert. They have long tongues that help them to strip leaves off of bushes. Muntjacs are the oldest known species of deer. Fossils date them back 15 to 35 million years ago. [close]

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Average size: 18 to 22 inches, 5 to 8 pounds

Median life expectancy: 16.5 years

Key physical characteristics: Long black-and-white striped tail

Native region/habitat range: Madagascar

Eating habits: Forage on the ground for fruit; also eats leaves, flowers, tree bark, and sap

Conservation status: Near threatened

Fun facts:  Ring-tailed lemurs live in groups of 17 lemurs on average. The groups are called troops and are led by one dominant female. During mating season, the male lemurs show their dominance by attempting to stink more than any of the other male lemurs. [close]

White-Handed Gibbon​

1-3-3 Gibbon Elliot-Fred Cate.jpgAverage size: 16 to 23 inches in length, 9 to 15 pounds

Median life expectancy: 16.6 years

Key physical characteristics: True brachiators, which means they move by swinging, hand over hand, from branch to branch; strong hook-shaped hands and long arms; pale cream to black coats; white markings on face, hands and feet

Native region/habitat range: Tropical rain forests of Southern and Southeast Asia

Eating habits: Climbs to crowns of trees or descend to clumps of bamboo and low bushes, ​to drink; eats fruit, especially figs, leaves and insects

Conservation status: Endangered

Fun facts: Gibbons are apes, not monkeys. Gibbons chose one mate for life and the couples sing duets to announce their territory. They are one of the few primates that sing and their duets can last up to a half an hour at a time, and they have a throat sac that helps to amplify the sound. [close]