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wolverine on logWelcome back, wolverines

July 12, 2019: They’re smart, strong and full of personality – and they’re back at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Brother-and-sister wolverines Rainier and Ahma, both born at Northwest Trek, have returned home, and they will make their official public debut July 13-14 in a newly renovated, 10,800-square-foot habitat.

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eagle passage model
Eagle Passage Grand Opening Aug. 3-4

June 13, 2019: Eagle Passage, an immersive, inspiring walk-through habitat, is set for its Grand Opening Weekend Aug. 3-4. It will showcase these iconic American birds, and tell their conservation story from near-extinction in the continental United States half a century ago to a population numbering in the thousands today.

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Vet and black bear in exam
Benton the black bear gets a root canal

June 7, 2019:  When veterinarian Dr. Allison Case saw Benton the black bear had a fractured upper canine and exposed root, she decided it was time for a root canal to protect his teeth.

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grizzly cubs wrestlingMake “Bear Tracks” this weekend at Northwest Trek

May 13, 2019: At “Bear Tracks,” a new spring event May 17-18 at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, visitors can not only meet grizzly and black bears up close, but learn all about them in a weekend full of bear-themed fun.

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bighorn baby lamb
Baby animals are here, just in time for Mother’s Day

May 8, 2019: Bison calves, a bighorn lamb – baby animals have arrived in the Free-Roaming Area, just in time for the Mothers’ Day weekend. See them on a Discovery Tram Tour and stay tuned for more.

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sensory needs girl and mom on tram

Northwest Trek, Point Defiance Zoo designated “sensory-inclusive”

April 10, 2019: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium each recently earned prestigious designation as “sensory inclusive” sites from a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness, acceptance and inclusion for people with autism and other special needs.

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elk bugling in forest

Get wild to support wildlife at Trek to the Wild Side fundraiser

Mar. 3, 2019: Imagine spending an evening surrounded by the sights and scents of the forest, enjoying a gourmet dinner – and helping wildlife conservation at the same time. That’s the recipe for “Trek to the Wild Side,” a dinner and auction scheduled at 5 p.m. May 4 for the Northwest Trek Foundation.

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Keeper tour Jeep with moose
Daily openings and tours coming in March

Feb. 13, 2019: Daily openings at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park are coming this March. Plus, the popular premier Keeper Adventure Tours will soon resume at Northwest Trek, and an all-new Photo Tour program for youths is nearly ready for its debut.

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boy and otter
Kids ‘n’ Critters rescheduled to March 9-10

Feb. 12, 2019: Kid’s ‘n’ Critters, one of the most popular events of the year at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, has been rescheduled to March 9 and 10 due to this week’s weather conditions. The annual family bargain days were originally set for President’s Day Weekend.

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grizzly bear cubs paws up

Attendance records smashed in 2018 at Northwest Trek, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Jan. 8, 2019: In 2018, 820,776 guests walked through the turnstiles during 2018, the largest such total in Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s 113-year history. Coupled with the 222,294 guests who visited Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, that added up to over 1 million visitors for the sister zoos.

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Tree branches for foraging recipes

Northwest Trek, Five Mile Drive closed today due to wind

Jan. 6, 2019: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville will be closed all day today due to a wind-related power outage. The Outer Loop of Five Mile Drive in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park will be closed all day today due to trees that fell during last night’s fierce windstorm.

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winter wildland wolf

Winter Wildland promises treats for animals, fun for people Dec. 29-30

Dec. 18, 2018: People aren’t the only ones to receive holiday gifts at this time of year. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park’s creative keeper staff is as busy as Santa’s elves, creating special treats for the resident animals for the annual Winter Wildland event.

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Mountain goat kids
Mountain goat kids from Olympics introduced to their new home at Northwest Trek

Nov. 13, 2018: A group of mountain goat kids scampered into the vast expanses of the 435-acre Free-Roaming Area at Northwest Wildlife Trek Wildlife Park Tuesday morning and began exploring their new home.

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bald eagle headVeterans enjoy free admission to Northwest Trek and Zoo

Oct. 18, 2018:  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. 10, 11 and 12. Veterans’ immediate family members will receive half-off general admission at each zoo.

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grizzly cubs growlingDouble the fun: Grizzly bear cubs go on view together this weekend

Oct. 11, 2018: Huckleberry enjoys hanging out by the pool. Hawthorne likes standing on the log over the pool. But come this weekend, they could spend more time chasing one another around and playing. On Friday, Huckleberry and Hawthorne will go on public exhibit together for the first time at Northwest Trek.

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