Come and visit two of the most popular newcomers in town, Sumatran tiger cubs Langka and Manis, now entertaining visitors at Woodland Park Zoo. The tigers, born in September, are...

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Come and visit two of the most popular newcomers in town, Sumatran tiger cubs Langka and Manis, now entertaining visitors at Woodland Park Zoo. The tigers, born in September, are on display from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily in an indoor exhibit in the Adaptations Building until the weather warms up enough for them to move to the outdoor tiger grotto.

Only five species of tigers remain in the world, including about 400 Sumatran tigers still in the wild on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, making successful zoo breeding crucial to the survival of this endangered species.

Today is the last day of the zoo’s Winter Celebration, with special treats for animals that enrich their environments and stimulate activity. Informative programs for zoo visitors continue throughout the winter months, including a program at the popular elephant exhibit at 11:45 a.m. daily and feeding of live fish to the piranha and ocelots with keeper talks on their care and natural history at 11:15 a.m. every Friday.

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Special Eye-to-Eye behind the scenes tours, classes for preschoolers and zoo evening and overnight adventures are also available by reservation.

Many zoo attractions include covered outdoor animal-viewing areas and several indoor displays, including the warm and humid Tropical Rain Forest that’s a wonderful respite on dark and chilly winter days.

Woodland Park Zoo is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, including all holidays. Admission is $7-$10; a two-for-one admission coupon is available at the zoo’s Web site, www.zoo.org, along with delightful photos and videos of the tiger cubs from their birth through the months they were not on public display. For zoo information, call 206-684-4800.


— Madeline McKenzie, Seattle Times staff