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Grizzly cubs

Hawthorne’s chocolatey-brown, from Alaska. Huckleberry’s a buff blond from Montana. Both were orphaned in the wild – and now they’re “brothers” here at Northwest Trek.

Come meet our grizzly cubs!

grizzly cubs paw up
Adorable, curious
And together!

Our grizzly cubs Hawthorne and Huckleberry are adorable to watch. Like any other toddlers (they were born in winter 2018), they love to climb, play, explore and discover their environment. But they also need to go back in their dens sometimes for food and a nap.

See them together 9:30-11:30am and 1-3pm Fri-Sun.

During those times the cubs will also have access to their indoor den. Keep watching!

Blond grizzly climbing tree
Orphans finding a home
and exploring it.

Both cubs were orphaned in the wild in summer 2018: Hawthorne in Alaska, Huckleberry in Montana. Neither would have survived without their mom. Cared for by local zoos, they then came to their new Northwest Trek home in August.

Meanwhile, we were renovating their forested habitat, thanks to a Metro Parks Tacoma bond approved by Tacoma voters in 2014. We’ve had grizzly bears since 1993, but these are the first grizzly cubs in our 43-year history. So we took a lot of care to cub-proof everything!

Getting Northwest names
and making friends.

Our fans also voted on their names, which are based on Northwest native plants: the hawthorn tree and the huckleberry, a staple of bears’ diets in the wild.

The two adopted “brothers” are now together in their habitat! They’re getting used to playing and exploring together.

Meanwhile, our cubs will be ambassadors for their cousins in the wild. Northwest Trek supports grizzly bear conservation, especially in Washington. You can help too – find out more here.


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