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Point Defiance Zoo, Northwest Trek Win Award For Anti-Wildlife Trafficking Display

Sept. 20: Point Defiance Zoo & Northwest Trek recently won the Certificate of Excellence in Public Service for their anti-wildlife trafficking display.

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Preparing to release Northern Leopard Frogs back into the wild

Northwest Trek, partners return endangered northern leopard frogs to wild 

Sept. 5: Partners work together to raise and release endangered northern leopard frogs

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Exciting Weekend of Animal Events at Pierce County Zoos

Aug. 28: Watch animals feast on their favorite foods at Northwest Trek & enjoy icy treats at Point Defiance Zoo Sept. 2-4

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Endangered Northern Leopard Froglets Growing Fast 

June 21: Hundreds of northern leopard frogs will leap back into the wild soon.

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Hundreds of local community scientists participated in City Nature Challenge

May 31: More than 1,400 species identified in Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area.

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Rescued Moose Calves Make Public Debut

Jan. 26: Three orphaned moose calves, named Atlas, Luna, and Callisto, will make their public debut at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Friday (Jan. 27).

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2022 Releases

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Nov. 15: For the holidays, consider gifting those close to you something wildly fun to experience together at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium or Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

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eagle passage path

Sept. 28: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park earned kudos and another five years of accreditation from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).
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kids in costume in forest

Sept. 8: Put on a costume and explore Northwest Trek Wildlife Park at twilight during Hoot ‘n’ Howl weekends in October.
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bull elk

Aug. 18: Antlers clashing and high-pitched whistling noises. Both are signs of the annual rut (elk breeding season) at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Guests can get up close to the excitement in the 435-acre Free-Roaming Area this September and October during a Keeper Adventure Tour.
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Moose Calves - Luna

Aug. 17: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is now home to three Alaskan moose calves after they were orphaned in the wild earlier this summer. Keepers have named the almost 3-month-old calves Atlas, Luna, and Callisto (Cuh-list-o) after the moons of several planets.
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Bat Study

Aug. 10: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are partnering with scientists from Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCSC) to test the effectiveness of a promising new bat-saving treatment to help wild bats survive the effects of white-nose syndrome.
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wolf with meat

Aug. 8: Watch animals feast on their favorite foods at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and enjoy icy treats at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Sept. 3-5.
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Aug. 4: Hundreds of endangered northern leopard frogs will leap back into the wild at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge in Grant County this month.
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July 1: Since its first festivities in 1983, guests to Northwest Trek have kept the annual Slug Fest event sluggin’ along, celebrating the greenish-yellow banana slug year after year. This year, the unusual tradition returns July 30 and July 31 from 10am-4pm.

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June 17: It’s baby season at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Guests can try and spot three Roosevelt elk calves and six black-tailed deer fawns in the 435-acre Free-Roaming Area during a Wild Drive or Keeper Adventure Tour.

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Hundreds Of Local Community Scientists Participate In City Nature Challenge 

June 15: More than 650 observers took part in this year’s City Nature Challenge and more than 1,000 species were identified in the  Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area.

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June 7: Five of our original trams are now up for auction. The auction is running from June 6 – 27.

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June 1: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium are celebrating the LGBTQ+ community with Pride weekend events June 25-26, in partnership with Rainbow Center and Oasis Youth Center.

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May 25: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and partners unveil a first-of-its-kind interactive installation to help stop wildlife trafficking.

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two bald eagles

May 12:  Northwest Trek Wildlife is taking extra precautions to protect their birds from highly pathogenic avian influenza, also known as bird flu.

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April 25: Annual global event April 29‐May 2 offers opportunity for Puget Sound folks to discover nearby wildlife, help science and get outside safely.

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April 15: Dickman Mill Park and Wildlife Champions education program both win awards for outstanding achievement from Washington Parks & Recreation Association.

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Kulture City - Sensory inclusion

April 1: For the fourth consecutive year, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is certified as sensory-inclusive.

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two grizzly bears on log, looks like they are kissing each other

March 25: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park will be open daily (April 2-April 10) just in time for spring breaks and there will be plenty to see and do.

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Northwest Trek Mourns Loss of Beloved Moose Birch

Feb. 23: Birch, a beloved moose at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, died yesterday after a sudden and severe decline in his health.

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Wild Child Weekends

Jan. 10: Wild Child Weekends is the perfect time to get your kids close to nature at Northwest Trek, where two kids 12 or under get in free for every paid adult general admission this weekend.

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