Hey, football fans! Woodland Park Zoo is celebrating the Seahawks' advance to the NFC divisional round by offering zoo visitors who wear Seahawks gear a special discount from January 11 to January 13, 2013.
Show up wearing Seahawks clothing such as a sweatshirt, hat, jersey, or gloves, and the zoo will give you half off regular zoo admission.
Please note that this discount applies only to the adult or child who is wearing the Seahawks clothing. It is also not to be combined with other discounts or promotions.
Regular zoo admission prices are as follows, so you can determine your discount by halving them: Adult (13-64) $12.75; Child (3-12) $8.75; Toddler (0-2) Free.
Active, retired, and veteran U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with physical disabilities receive an admission discount. Zoo members receive free zoo admission year-round. Please note that parking is an additional $5.25 and isn't discounted no matter what you wear!
As for that "Seahawk" mascot--is there such a thing as a seahawk, and do any live at the zoo? The answer is "yes"--and "no."
"Sea hawk," according to the Audubon Society, is one of several nicknames for the osprey, a bird of prey highly adapted for hunting and feeding on fish. Ospreys are not only colloquially known as "sea hawks"--they're also sometimes called "fish hawks," "sea eagles," and "fish eagle."
Ospreys, however, aren't eagles or hawks. They're not even in the hawk family. Ospreys form their own family, and the osprey is the sole species in that family. It's one of the world's most widely distributed species, and although Woodland Park Zoo does not have an osprey on exhibit, you can find wild ospreys in and around Seattle. (One pair nests annually near an old train trestle in Ballard.)
You can, however, see many raptors on exhibit at the zoo, including actual sea eagles! Owls, hawks, falcons, and vultures are featured at the zoo's Raptor Center. Steller's sea eagles live in a spacious flight exhibit along the Northern Trail.