Learn safe camping techniques at zoo’s Bear Affair

by | May 31, 2010

Woodland Park Zoo’s annual Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves on Saturday will teach you how to camp safety in bear country and learn how to co-exist with wolves.

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.
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.

Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is included with zoo admission. The campsite exhibition is from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

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