Fluffy. Adorable. And very energetic. Our mountain goats live in the Free-Roaming Area.
From the Olympics
to a new home.
Our mountain goats arrived in fall 2018. Part of a larger group translocated from Washington’s Olympic Mountains (where they are non-native and destructive) to the Cascades (where their populations are depleted), the kids couldn’t be paired with a known mother, so found their new home at Northwest Trek. The translocation was a partnership of the National Park Service, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and the USDA Forest Service, with support from area tribes. Read the full story here.
Bundles of fluff
and a patient nanny.
After weeks of examination and care by our veterinary staff, goats Bailey, Fairchild, Klahhane, Rocky and Elwha settled in well to their new home, roaming our meadows, forests and hillsides.
Rocky then found a home at another accredited zoo, and Ellinor arrived from the 2019 relocation.
Meet our goats
Ellinor is the youngest of our goat kids, and the smallest! Brought to Northwest Trek after summer 2019 goat relocations from the Olympics, she now has a new home with the rest of the herd. Click to read her story and learn more.
Nettle nestled herself along the steep hillside within Northwest Trek’s 435-acre Free-Roaming Area, as if she knew it was time for her annual exam. It’s an easy adventure for a one-year-old mountain goat – and not so simple for those who care for her. But Veterinarian Dr. Allison Case, Veterinary Technician Tracy and Keeper Deanna are used to doing what it takes to ensure the animals at Northwest Trek receive exceptional care. “It’s a very physical job,” Dr. Case said. After Keeper Deanna tries to entice Nettle off the hillside with some food, Dr. Case darts her with an anesthetic. …
Zookeepers and the animals they love What’s the animal you feel most deeply inside? The one you connect with, love, relate to, share traits with? For National Zookeeper Week 2021, we asked our longest-tenured keepers that very same question. Then our incredible staff photographer Katie Cotterill took portraits of both keeper AND animal, superimposing them in her camera as a double-exposure shot. The results are magic. (Curious about how she did it? Scroll to the bottom to find out.) Deanna, with Ellinor the mountain goat Miranda, with Ahma the wolverine Wendi, with Yakima the golden eagle Dave, …
Welcome, Nettle! After a week of public voting, fans chose this plant as the name for the new mountain goat kid, born May 29 at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. The name was one of a slate of three names chosen by keepers after Northwest plants or locations, per park tradition. Nettle is a common plant found in many parts of the Free-Roaming Area, where all the park’s mountain goats live. Brinnon is a town along the eastern edge of the Olympic peninsula, while Briar is a general term for prickly, rambling shrubs. Over 900 votes came in online during the …