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spruce mooseStaff mourn loss of two beloved moose

Oct. 6, 2020: Staff at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are mourning the loss of two beloved moose, Nancy and Spruce, who died over the weekend at the Eatonville wildlife park.

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Get spooky this Halloween

Oct. 2, 2020: Oct. 2, 2020: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park offer animals, costumes and safe fun both in-person and virtual this October.

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Northwest Trek and Point Defiance Zoo win awards

Sept. 16, 2020: Northwest Trek and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium have been recognized for conservation and research work with two awards from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

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Keeper Adventure Tours reopen

Aug. 10, 2020: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is reopening its Keeper Adventure Tours on Friday, Aug. 14, with timed online tickets and enhanced safety protocols. Timed online tickets will go on sale Aug. 10.

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Send a customized Animal Shoutout

Aug. 6, 2020: Animal lovers can now share a special message with a wild touch, all from the comfort of your own couch! Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are now offering “Animal Shoutouts.”

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Online Wildlife Academy launches Aug. 11

Aug. 6, 2020: Online Wildlife Academy, a brand-new program offering fun, interactive, online science lessons through Zoom, launches Aug. 11 at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

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It’s reopening time!

June 9, 2020: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park will reopen to the public June 18, with timed online tickets and a new, safe experience.

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Kids get in free this February at Wild Child Weekends

Jan. 30, 2020: During the month of February, up to two children ages 12 or younger are free with each adult general admission on weekends, including Presidents’ Day and Feb. 29.

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Over 1 million visitors to Northwest Trek and Point Defiance Zoo

Jan. 13, 2020: In 2019, 825,937 guests walked through the turnstiles at sister zoo Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – a record. Combined with  Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, this meant more than 1 million visitors for the second consecutive year.

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Winter Wildland returns

Nov. 25. 2019: Winter Wildland returns to Northwest Trek on Dec. 28 and 29, bringing with it wintry sparkle and holiday cheer – plus the chance to burn off some of that winter break energy in nature.

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10 mountain goat kids to find new homes at zoos

Sept. 30, 2019: Ten fluffy white mountain goat kids paused halfway up a log behind the scenes this week at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. They were the largest group of mountain goats the Eatonville wildlife park has ever cared for. But more importantly, the kids represented another successful collaboration relocate mountain goats out of the Olympic mountains.

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carved ivoryToss the Tusk and help protect wildlife

Sept. 25, 2019: Have any ivory carvings tucked away at home? A shark fin souvenir? Thanks to the Washington Animal Trafficking Act, those wildlife products are now illegal to sell in Washington state. Hand them over at Toss the Tusk from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

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bald eagle headFree admisison for veterans on Veterans’ Appreciation Days

Sept. 17, 2019: U.S. military veterans are invited to enjoy the splendor of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and the wonder of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium at no charge on Nov. 9, 10 and 11. Veterans’ immediate family members will receive half-off general admission at each zoo.

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hoot n howl pumpkinScare up your tickets for Hoot ‘n’ Howl Oct. 11-19

Sept. 13, 2019: Getting wild this fall is just a click away – and twice as much fun as ever. The popular Hoot ‘n’ Howl event at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park has expanded from two to four nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19, with online tickets on sale now until five days before each event.

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