Photos | Lion Cubs At Woodland Park Zoo

I’m a guy. I like watching sports, drinking beer and watching more sports. With that manly stuff said, I can be a sucker for baby animals. I don’t need to pet every puppy I see, but I think there’s something really cool about lion cubs. That’s probably because I know how ferocious they’re going to be when they grow up (he says in an attempt to save his manhood). It’s very rare to get a look at these exotic beasts in person, so that’s why I jumped at the opportunity to see the new lion cubs at Woodland Park Zoo.

I won’t waste your time with all the details of my trip to the zoo, but I will share a few tidbits (just in case you’re interested). There are four lion cubs — two males and two females. They were born in November, but they were only introduced to their exhibit in early February. That means there’s still plenty of excitement surrounding the little guys. When you add that excitement to the limited number of hours you can see them (from 11am-2pm every day), the end result is a long line to see the lion cubs.

My friend Tove and I waited in the cold for 45 minutes to see the lion cubs. Once you’re in, you only get about five minutes to look at the cats. That probably doesn’t sound like a stellar experience, but it was all totally worth it to me. These are the first lion cubs born at Woodland Park Zoo in more than 20 years. That means I’d either have to go to Africa to see something similar (which isn’t happening anytime soon), or I’d have to wait until my 50′s for another chance to see lion cubs in Seattle. I figure now is a better time than ever.

I was able to snap some fun pictures of the lion cubs at Woodland Park Zoo. I usually just stomp around town snapping photos with my cell phone, but I actually brought my Nikon D60 with me this time. I’m really glad I did. The lion cubs were playing near the back of their exhibit, so my zoom lens came in handy. I honestly don’t think a cell phone camera or a regular digital camera would have done the experience justice. I think my camera did (or at least I hope you think so). Take a look at a few of my photos!

Seattle Lion Cubs

One of four lion cubs at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle

Seattle Lion Cubs

The lion cubs take a quick break inside their exhibit

Seattle Lion Cubs

The lion cubs play near their mother

I have more photos of the lion cubs at Woodland Park Zoo, but I don’t want to be like the boring neighbor that invites you over to watch a slideshow of his family vacation. I really enjoyed taking the photos and I hope you enjoyed looking at them. Leave a comment below or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Please feel free to share my pictures with your friends on Pinterest as well. Don’t forget to also check out more from the world of sports, food and travel right now on!


  1. Anonymous says:

    Fabulous Tim! Thanks for sharing your experience…as I won’t be visiting the zoo anytime soon – live in Bellingham now. I like to keep up to date so thanks for the news and beautiful pictures…well done my friend!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing..definitely worth the wait!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing and I wouldn’t mind if you shared more of your photo’s the ones you have online are great. Thank you again for sharing.

  4. Denise says:

    Wonderful pictures and they are so very cute, thanks for sharing

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