Baby boom happening at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

courtesy of Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

There’s a baby boom happening at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

Since late April, the 425-acre Eatonville park has welcomed three beaver kits, five bison calves, two caribou calves, an elk calf, two bighorn sheep lambs and goslings.

Officials said more elk, deer and trumpeter swans are expected soon.

“Our calves, lambs and other young animals always bring joy to visitors,” zoological curator Marc Heinzman said. “And we’re excited as our wild family continues to grow.”

In light of bison being named the official U.S. mammal, Northwest Trek is trumpeting its herd of 23, the second largest at accredited zoos in the country.

The herd started in 1971 when federal authorities sent six bison from the National Bison Range in Montana to Eatonville. Northwest Trek now has about 10 percent of bison at accredited zoos in the United States.

Another hit in the park have been the beaver kits, which live in the wetlands exhibit and are small enough to fit in the palm of a hand.

They’ll eventually grow to be 3 to 4 feet long and more than 40 pounds.

Northwest Trek is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653