Keepers at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park have determined the gender of the moose calf born July 17— and now the park wants help in choosing a name.
The park’s first moose calf in 15 years will get a name reflective of its Northwest heritage. Keepers have narrowed the field to Willow, Aspen and Lily.
Voting begins tonight at www.nwtrek.org/moose and runs through Aug. 31. Northwest Trek staff plan to announce the name Sept. 1, which marks the beginning of the rut, or breeding season, of hooved animals such as deer, elk and moose.
The moose calf has been venturing around the park’s 435-acre Free Roaming Area with her mother, Connie moose. She is expected to nurse through the summer and stay with her mother through the rut this fall. Over the past two weeks, visitors on the Northwest Trek tram have reported regular sightings of the pair.
“There’s a lot of excitement among our staff and visitors about the calf,” Northwest Trek Deputy Director Alan Varsik said. “It’s a rare experience to see a moose and her calf up close. We couldn’t be more pleased with how they’re doing.”
The calf’s mother (named for park cofounder Connie Hellyer) and father Ellis (named for former longtime park
Deputy Director Dave Ellis) were brought to Northwest Trek in 2012 as orphans. The park is also home to another
It’s been a busy baby season in the meadow at Northwest Trek, where the moose calf joins bighorn lambs,
Roosevelt elk calves, bison calves, fawns, goslings, and a caribou calf. The park’s 50-minute Discovery Tram Tour
winds along the meadow, giving visitors a glimpse of many of these newborns as they grow and gain steadier legs
alongside their mothers.
Northwest Trek is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Find more information about Northwest Trek.
Northwest Trek, accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, is a 725-acre zoological park dedicated to
conservation, education and recreation by displaying, interpreting and researching native Northwest wildlife and
their natural habitats. The wildlife park, a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. It is located 35 miles southeast of Tacoma off State Highway 161.