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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park: Feeding Frenzy

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Special Event Feeding Frenzy


Guests can watch animals devour carcasses and other natural food items, plus make memories to close out the summer

EATONVILLE, Wash. – Everyone loves to eat – especially our animals. And during Feeding Frenzy at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, guests can watch animals devour the same kinds of food they would seek out in the wild.

The event is scheduled over Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1-3. Northwest Trek will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day – including on the Labor Day holiday.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for visitors to learn more about the natural food-finding behaviors and diets of Northwest Trek’s animals. Their pack of gray wolves, for example, loves to feed on a large-animal carcass, while our river otters prefer fish.

Animals throughout Northwest Trek will find some special treats on the menu – presented in ways that encourage their natural behaviors – and keepers will talk about how they care for our animals.

Here’s the weekend schedule. Every feeding comes with a keeper talk.

Saturday, Sept. 1

11:30 a.m. Badgers get a whole quail

2 p.m. Cougars get an elk leg

Sunday, Sept. 2

11:30 a.m. Black bears get produce, fish and popsicles

1:30 p.m. Golden eagles get a whole chicken


2 p.m. Wolves get an elk leg

3 p.m. Beavers get leafy browse

And, of course, every visit to the wildlife park comes with a 45-minute, naturalist-narrated tour through the 435-acre Free-Roaming Area aboard a comfortable tram with large-window views of the animal action. The Free-Roaming Area is home to Roosevelt elk, American bison, woodland caribou, bighorn sheep, moose, deer and other animals.

Visitors also may arrive early on Saturday, Sept. 1, and book a coveted seat on our new Keeper Adventure Tour, which goes off-road in a special safari-style Jeep to get up close to our free-roaming herds.

Kids from toddlers to tweens will enjoy the half-acre, nature-inspired Kids’ Trek play area, with child-sized cabins to explore, slides to streak down, rope ladders and nets to climb, a stream to splash in, a sandbox, and a construction area to stretch the imagination.

All of these activities except the Keeper Adventure Tour are free with membership or admission to Northwest Trek. The 90-minute Keeper Adventure Tour is $80 for Northwest Trek members and $90 for nonmembers. It includes admission to the wildlife park.

For more information, go to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 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 is a facility of Metro Parks Tacoma and is located 35 miles southeast of Tacoma off State Highway 161.