Thursday, June 24, 2010
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, owned by Metro Parks Tacoma, opened to the public in July 1975 to offer the public, especially children, the opportunity to see and learn about native wildlife in a natural setting. The land was donated to Metro Parks Tacoma by Dr. David and Mrs. Connie Hellyer in 1971.
The Free Roaming Area Exhibit located in the heart of the park encompasses 176 hectares of rolling landscape with native forest, meadows, wetlands, ponds, creeks and two lakes. It is enclosed by a 2.5 meter high chainlink perimeter fence with two strands of electric wire on top to keep large predators like the native cougar from climbing in.
Three-unit propane-powered, 90 passenger trams transport park visitors on 55-minute naturalist-narrated tours through the Free Roaming Area where they see and learn about native hoofed animals such as moose, elk, bison, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, deer, caribou, all living freely within the exhibit's meadows, forest and wetlands.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Thus far this year I have visited the Akron Zoo. I still have hopes to visit:
That's all I can see being possible right now. We're currently planning our honeymoon for the Florida Keys so that should be a good wildlife viewing opportunity. What are your 2010 zoo trip plans?
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Kangaloom, the centerpiece of the new area, features red and grey kangaroos and Bennett's wallabies, which guests can feed at regularly scheduled times. The Kookaburra's Nest, a free flight aviary, will feature many species of birds native to Australia, and Aussie Station will allow guests to interact with a variety of exotic species.
The new area is an expansion of the Bird Gardens section of the park.
The park is also rumored to get a new coaster in 2011.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Music is We Were Promised Jetpacks. Starts out good but probably turns too heavy for the video.
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