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.
February 29th is the hoppiest day of the year! Frogs, cats, goats, and more. We’re celebrating our leaping and jumping creatures this Leap Day. Cougar Cougars are powerful runners, leapers, and climbers. They can leap higher than any other mammal and have been recorded making a vertical jump of over 20 feet from a stationary position. Look for Carly, the cougar on the cat loop. BOBCATS Bobcats are also impressive jumpers. They can leap up to 10 feet high in the air. Look for bobcats Tanner and Tahoma on the cat loop. FROGS Some frogs can jump over 20 times their body …
As another year ends, we reflect on the special moments Northwest Trek Wildlife Park had the privilege of being a part of in 2023. We raised and released hundreds of endangered northern leopard frogs into the wild, provided a new home to a hoary marmot, and helped Tacoma students develop empathy for wildlife through our award-winning Wildlife Champions program. Enjoy some of our favorite photos from this year, taken by staff photographer Katie Cotterill. Brothers gotta hug! Grizzly bears Huckleberry and Hawthorne hug during a wrestling play session. Mountain goat Klahhane sticks out his tongue. An elk calf stays close …
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. …