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!

Seattle Bug Safari | The Creepy Side Of The City

I’m sure you know about Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium, but have you heard of the Seattle Bug Safari? Instead of featuring elephants or a giant octopus like its counterparts, the Seattle Bug Safari boasts tarantulas, centipedes and several other creepy, crawly creatures.

Seattle Bug Safari | Tarantula

Mexican red-kneed tarantula

I actually ran into the Seattle Bug Safari (1503 Western Ave. #304) by accident over the weekend. My friend Tove and I were walking down some stairs from Pike Place Market to the waterfront, when Tove noticed a sign for the bug zoo. Without much hesitation, we decided to check it out.

I was surprised by how small the Seattle Bug Safari is. I’d compare to the size of someone’s living room. You can’t tell how small it is before you pay, because the zoo itself is hidden behind a closed door in the gift shop. It took Tove and me about 30 minutes to get through the Seattle Bug Safari, and the employee at the front desk says that’s average for most people.

The Seattle Bug Safari might be small, but it’s loaded with more than 50 species of insects. You’ll find spiders, beetles, scorpions, stick insects, ants and more. Every exhibit clearly explains what you’re looking at, where the creatures live around the world, and several other interesting facts about the bugs. The staff inside (just one guy who was feeding the bugs at the time we were there) seemed knowledgeable and was quick to answer any questions that we had.

Goliath bird-eating spider | Seattle Bug Safari

Goliath bird-eating spider

My favorite creature at the Seattle Bug Safari was easily the Goliath bird-eating spider. Part of the tarantula family, this beast can grow to be the size of a large dinner plate, according the guy working inside. The Goliath bird-eating spider at the Seattle Bug Safari is a young female, so she’s only beginning to grow (but she’s already huge). Despite its ferocious name, the Goliath bird-eating spider, a native to South America, doesn’t usually eat birds (although the Seattle Bug Safari staffer says they can in the wild).

I really enjoyed my visit to the Seattle Bug Safari, but I probably won’t be going back anytime soon. I think the price of admission ($8 for adults, $7 for seniors/military/college students and $6 for kids) is a little steep for such a small exhibit. At the same time, there’s plenty of educational value for children at the Seattle Bug Safari, so I don’t want to say it’s not worth stopping by.

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Seattle Bug Safari

Giant prickly stick insects

You’re Never Too Old For The Zoo

I’ve determined that you’re never too old to enjoy the zoo. In fact, I think you appreciate the zoo even more when you’re an adult compared to when you’re a kid. You think it’s normal to see wild animals up close and personal when you’re young, but as you grow older you realize how rare it is to catch a glimpse of these beasts in person.

I have a couple of examples to back up my theory: I was at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle a few weeks ago, and I heard a little boy tell his parents that he wanted to go home because “this place is dull.” Not long after that I took my nephew to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma. He would get excited about the animals at first, but then often lost interest after a few seconds. On the other hand, I stared, and stared, and stared in awe at the creatures for several minutes at a time. That might mean that I’m a dork — or a terrible uncle — but I can’t help it. I love the zoo!

Here are some of the pictures I snapped on my recent adventures to the Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. I posted these on Instagram — be sure to follow me @AllAroundTim!


Budgie Buddies Tacoma Point Defiance Zoo


Elephant Pt Defiance Zoo Tacoma

Elephant Seattle Zoo Woodland Park


Giraffe Seattle Zoo Woodland Park


Grizzly Bear Seattle Zoo Woodland Park


Cuddling Lemurs Pt Defiance Zoo Tacoma


Leopard Seattle Zoo Woodland Park


Meerkats Zoo In Tacoma | Pt Defiance


Poison Dart Frogs Woodland Park Zoo Seattle


Polar Bear Pt Defiance Zoo Tacoma


Shark Point Defiance Aquarium Tacoma

How often can you get right next to a grizzly bear, leopard and shark all in one place? Nowhere — except for a zoo (and aquarium). I think it would be incredible to see all of these animals in the wild (and some of them I have), but in most cases that takes lots of money and really good timing — many of these animals are endangered; that’s why they’re in a zoo.

This world is filled with amazing creatures — don’t miss them! Young or old, the zoo is the best place to soak the entire animal kingdom in.

Do you love the zoo or can you go without? What’s your favorite animal at the zoo? I would love to hear from you! Leave a message below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and/or Google+. You can also find me on YouTube, Pinterest and LinkedIn. In other words, there’s no reason not to reach out!