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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


May 23, 2012

Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves: Pacific Northwest
Wildlife Conservation.
presented by Brown Bear Car Wash celebrates our backyard wildlife

Gigi Allianic, Rebecca Whitham
206.548.2550 |

Trek to Woodland Park Zoo on June 9 and discover what happens when you don’t properly pick up trash or store food at backyard birthday party and campsite demonstrations at Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves: Pacific Northwest Wildlife Conservation

Photo Credit: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo


What happens when you don't store food properly or haphazardly leave garbage around while living in the backyard of bears or camping in bear territory? Get a glimpse of the disastrous results and learn what steps you can take for bear-proofing at Woodland Park Zoo’s Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves: Pacific Northwest Wildlife Conservation presented by Brown Bear Car Wash.

Enjoy activities focused on bears, wolves and other Pacific Northwest wildlife and what these animals need to survive in the wild, and how humans can co-exist.

Watch the zoo’s popular grizzly bears scavenge through leftover party fare and provisions at a mock backyard birthday party including a BearSaver™ bear resistant cart provided by CleanScapes. Hear insights into the beauty and wonder of awe-inspiring bears and their survival skills by the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project. Enjoy animal talks by zoo staff and special guests. Get up close to a Karelian bear dog and discover how these Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife partner dogs play an essential role in training nuisance bears to avoid human contact. Learn safety camping tips by Boy Scouts. Talk to representatives from Wolf Haven International and The Burke Museum. Enjoy crafts for kids and more.


Saturday, June 9, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Locations of activities will be posted at the zoo

9:30-3:00          Crafts for kids, Boy Scouts camping tips
9:30-3:00          Karelian bear dogs
10:00, 3:00       Keeper talk: wolves
11:00                Mock backyard birthday party in grizzly exhibit
11:30, 1:30       Staff talk: western pond turtles
11:30                Keeper talk: Oregon silverspot butterflies
noon, 2:00        Raptor free flight program
noon-1:00         Conservation Northwest: clips from BBC film, “Land of the Lost Wolves”          
1:00                  Keeper talk: raptors
1:00                  Keeper talk: Oregon spotted frogs
2:00                  Mock campsite in grizzly exhibit


Woodland Park Zoo. Enter through West Entrance on Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. or South Entrance at N. 50th St. & Fremont Ave. N.


Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves is free with zoo admission or membership. Summer hours: 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily. Admission through September 30: Adult (13-64) $17.75; Child (3-12) $11.50; Toddler (0-2) Free. Active and retired U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with disabilities receive a discount and zoo members receive free zoo admission year round. Parking: $5.25


For more information or to become a zoo member, visit or call 206.548.2500 or 548.2599 (TTY) 


Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting international standards for zoos in animal care, conservation and education programs. Woodland Park Zoo is helping to save animals and their habitats in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. By inspiring people to care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future. For more information, visit


Woodland Park Zoo saves animals and their habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences, inspiring people to learn, care and act.