Animals Keeping Cool During August heat wave - Visit Rainier
Grizzly Bear plays in the water at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Animals Keeping Cool During August heat wave

As a powerful heat wave hits the greater Tacoma area with temperatures nearing 100-degrees, keepers at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, Wash. are finding ways to keep the animals cool.

Like many kids on a hot day, the 3-year-old grizzly bears at Northwest Trek plunge, splash and wrestle in water. The bears have a 7-feet-deep pool all to themselves!

“We love watching the bears enjoy their pool,” said keeper Haley Withers. “When the temperature is this high, we give them constant access to the water.”

Withers also ensures the gray wolves get a big tub full of cold water to splash in! The wolves have thick fur, and seem to appreciate the extra help to cool off. But, like other canine species, they also have the ability to regulate their body temperature by panting. And like your neighborhood dog, they like to play in the hose too! Something keepers offer them on such a hot day.

A favorite treat among the animals: ice to chill out. The wolverines enjoy rolling around and digging through the ice!

The safety and well-being of the animals is the keepers’ number one priority, and keepers offer all of the animals at both sister zoos round-the-clock access to shade and fresh water. They also get lots of “yummy” ice treats- like “fishsicles” or “bloodsicles”…not quite a human’s go-to flavor for a popsicle, but they are devoured by many of the animals!

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