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Has it come to this? Are we so besotted with penguins and other cute animals that the Woodland Park Zoo insists on our monitoring them

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You Damn Penguins Get Off My Phone!

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Has it come to this? Are we so besotted with penguins and other cute animals that the Woodland Park Zoo insists on our monitoring them via smartphone? The answer, apparently, is yes. The zoo announced today that it's offering a 99-cent application via iTunes for your iPhone.

Developed by some Texas software company, the app allows easy access to the zoo's schedule, news, etc., and employs GPS for you to follow and find your friends and children during visits. But not, unfortunately, the animals--which would be so much more fun to track remotely from your phone. ("Look, it's eating its own poop! How adorable!") And of course there's a social networking component: "easy access to Facebook and Twitter so you can share your zoo experience." Because that's just what we need--our friends updating us on the bonobos compulsively humping one another. ("Mommy, why is that monkey sitting on the other monkey?")

For a dissent on all things cute and cuddly, we recommend the cute-backlash site F U, Penguin. Otherwise, more penguin cuteness and full zoo release after the jump...

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Woodland Park Zoo PRESS RELEASE: Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo has released a first-of-its-kind zoo iPhone application that allows visitors to track their location on zoo grounds, discover more about the animals, and access daily activity schedules to make the most of their next zoo visit. Bringing the zoo straight to your iPhone or iPod Touch at home and on zoo grounds, the application features:

  • GPS-enabled zoo map with "Near Me" recommendations for animal exhibits, play areas, concession stands and restrooms
  • daily schedule of zoo activities including zookeeper talks and children's programs
  • educational animal fact sheets
  • special promotional offers redeemable at concession stands
  • "Friend Finder" to locate other iPhone users in your party on zoo grounds
  • zoo news and happenings
  • easy access to Facebook and Twitter so you can share your zoo experience

The application, designed in collaboration with Austin-based developers Avai Mobile Solutions, is available now to download for $0.99. iPhone users can go to the iTunes App Store and search for "Woodland Park Zoo" to download. Proceeds from each application sale go toward the zoo's animal care, education, conservation and operations costs that allow the zoo to care for more than 1,000 animals representing 300 species, and support 38 field conservation programs in 50 countries worldwide.

 
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