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May 21, 2010 Arts and Entertainment

Bear Affair At Woodland Park Zoo

From: Woodland Park Zoo
Bear Affair And Big Howl For Wolves Presented By Brown Bear Car Wash Pays Tribute To Our Native Wildlife

What:
Discover how to live in harmony with bears and how to camp safely in bear country at Woodland Park Zoo’s Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves presented by Brown Bear Car Wash. Enjoy talks by the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project and zookeepers, enrichment treats for bears and wolves, campsite demonstrations by Boy Scouts, and activities focused on what bears and wolves need to survive in the wild and how we can all co-exist.

Watch the zoo’s grizzlies rip through a campsite and back yard set up in their naturalistic exhibit and see the messy results of improperly stored food and garbage in bear country. Hear about wolf conservation efforts by Wolf Haven International. And learn about the plight of Asian bears.

When: Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves: Saturday, June 5, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Where: Woodland Park Zoo. Enter at N. 50th St. & Fremont Ave. N. or Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts.

Cost:
Free with zoo admission. Summer admission: Adult (13-64) $16.50; Child (3-12) $11.00; Toddler (0-2) free. Seniors and people with disabilities receive a discount and zoo members receive free zoo admission year round. Get $2 off zoo admission tickets at participating Ivar’s restaurants. Visit www.ivars.net for more info. Parking: $5. Consider taking the bus, biking, walking or carpooling. Conserving resources is one more way of helping the animals. Call Metro at 206.553.3000 for bus service to the zoo and visit www.zoo.org for more information about Woodland Park Zoo.

Info: Approximately 20,000 black bears exist in Washington and fewer than 30 grizzly bears remain in the North Cascades and Selkirk Mountains. Biologists believe there could be as few as 10 individual grizzly bears in the Cascades.

Woodland Park Zoo partners with the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project (GBOP), an independent project promoting an accurate understanding of Washington’s large carnivore heritage through education and community outreach. The GBOP is one of 38 field conservation projects that Woodland Park Zoo partners with in more than 50 countries around the world. Visit www.bearinfo.org for more information about GBOP.

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