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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


June 8, 2012


Grizzly bears scavenge a backyard birthday party at Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves: Pacific Northwest Wildlife Conservation presented by Brown Bear Car Wash 

Gigi Allianic, Rebecca Whitham
206.548.2550 |

Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves: Pacific Northwest Wildlife Conservation presented by Brown Bear Car Wash will be held at Woodland Park Zoo on June 9. The event includes a mock birthday party in the grizzly exhibit, keeper talks, Karelian bear dogs and more 

Photo Credit: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo

Editor note: A few parking spots marked with traffic cones will be reserved in the north inner lot where the admin. offices are located off N. 59th St. & Phinney Ave. N. The press is requested to remove a cone to park and to replace it when leaving. Check in at zoo gate for staff to radio PR for escort 


A kids’ birthday party in the backyard of urban bears has just wrapped up and the guests are gone. However, the remains of pizza boxes, birthday cake, colorful piñatas, opened gift boxes, kiddie toys and other accoutrements are left behind. Watch out as a pair of hungry grizzly bears enters the scene. The press will be given special access to the grizzly bear exhibit to watch this scene unfold.

The birthday party scenario is a part of Woodland Park Zoo’s Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves: Pacific Northwest Wildlife Conservation presented by Brown Bear Car Wash. Activities will focus on bears, wolves and other Pacific Northwest wildlife, what these animals need to survive in the wild and how humans can co-exist.

In addition to the birthday party, other highlights will include a mock campsite demonstration in the grizzly exhibit; talks about the beauty and wonder of awe-inspiring bears by the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project; animal talks by zoo staff and special guests; meet ‘n’ greet sessions with a Karelian bear dog to discover how these Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife partner dogs play an essential role in training nuisance bears to avoid human contact; safety camping tips by Boy Scouts; representatives from Wolf Haven International and The Burke Museum; and crafts for kids. Plus, a free raffle for a BearSaver™ bear resistant cart provided by CleanScapes.


The zoo’s grizzlies are 18-year-old brothers, Keema and Denali. Currently weighing more than 800 pounds apiece, the bears arrived at the zoo in 1994 from Washington State University, which maintains a small collection to conduct a long-term study on bear nutrition. 


Grizzlies birthday party demonstration: Saturday, June 9,
11:00 a.m.-noon
Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves: Saturday, June 9, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


The grizzly bear exhibit in Woodland Park Zoo’s award-winning Northern Trail. Enter through West Entrance on Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. Proceed to the exhibit’s viewing shelter


Approximately 25,000-30,000 black bears exist in Washington and 50 to 70 in the Selkirk Mountains. Biologists believe there may be as few as 10 individual grizzly bears in the Cascades.

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) id="mce_marker"7.75; Child (3-12) id="mce_marker"1.50; 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) 


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