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WESTERN WILDLIFE OUTREACH
Western Wildlife Outreach (formerly Grizzly Bear Outreach Project) is working to save:
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis)
Over the last 200 years, the distribution and number of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states have been reduced by 98 percent. Grizzly bears currently occupy just five lower 48 ecosystems. The North Cascades Ecosystem (NCE) represents the largest, yet most neglected of these ecosystems in terms of grizzly bear recovery efforts. Fewer than 20 grizzly bears currently exist in the U.S. portion of the North Cascades and approximately the same number have survived in the contiguous southern British Columbia portion of the ecosystem. These bears are federally listed under the Endangered Species Act as Threatened and listed in Washington state as Endangered.
Critical threats to the wildlife:
- Human-caused mortality through bear-human conflict
- Habitat loss due to agriculture, livestock, and development
Bear Affair is a popular event presented at the zoo to teach visitors about camping safety in bear country. Western Wildlife Outreach staff narrate and provide information during the "non-safe campsite" demonstration.
Chris Morgan tracking bears in the Canadian Rockies. Photo by Hugh Robinson.
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NORTHWEST NATIVE SPECIES RECOVERY PROJECTS
Woodland Park Zoo’s expertise in captive rearing, captive breeding and research plays an essential role within the Pacific Northwest conservation community. WPZ collaborates with other zoos and aquariums on these and other projects as a member of the Northwest Zoo and Aquarium Alliance.
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