Holiday Enrichments at NW Trek

Holiday Enrichments at NW Trek

The Sunday following Christmas, Thom and I decided to head to a wildlife park about an hour away called Northwest Trek. This weekend, they were celebrating the holidays in the park by giving the animals their holiday enrichments. Every day, animals in zoos and wildlife parks get what’s called enrichments – treats or toys that allow them to act or play as they would in the wild. Sometimes the keepers hide treats to be sniffed out and dug up, or hang things in trees so the animals can climb to get them, or occasionally it’s just a special themed treat to celebrate something. In this case, they were celebrating the holidays.

I must admit, the main reason I wanted to go was to see the wolves with their holiday treats. Of course. This wouldn’t be the whimsikal wolf if I only went to see the elk! And of course, seeing the wolves playing and enjoying their treats made me a little trigger happy with my camera. Overall during our visit in the park I took over 700 photos, more than 400 of which were just with the wolves! Now of course, I did take photos of some of the other animals, but the wolves were definitely where we spent most of our time. Trying to decide which photos to share with all of you was difficult to say the least, but here’s a few that I absolutely love.

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It was so hard to narrow down the photos so I didn’t flood this post with hundreds of pictures of the wolves. They were being so adorable with their treats. We went to a couple of keeper talks where they had the skunk and the opossum out enjoying mini christmas trees with carrots dangling like ornaments and marshmallow tipped branches, and little stars made out of pineapple! These animals sure do get spoiled for the holidays. There were many more animals that got treats that I attempted to get photos of, but alas, my photography skills are still on the uphill and many of those photos came out way too blurry to be “artistic” haha. However, I am very happy with how the wolf photos came out.

Overall we had a really great time. It was a little cold, but at least the rain held off the whole time we were there. Luckily for us, it wasn’t that busy either. A few families and couples, but nothing like the crowds can normally get on the weekends. We even had a nice encounter with a couple who was asking about my photos! I wrote down the blog URL for them and told them to check in a couple days. ( Hello ^_^ ) The guy had an awesome Tardis hat that reminded me we hadn’t watched the Christmas episode yet! Which Thom and I watched a couple nights ago (it was so good!).

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If you live in the area, I definitely recommend checking out Northwest Trek at some point, especially with the family. The park is huge, and includes a free roaming area for a lot of the herbivores where you can ride on a slow moving tram through the area to see the animals in their natural habitat. How cool is that?! Thom isn’t much of a fan of zoos, but he even enjoys coming here. It’s definitely a must see stop for those of you in the western Washington area.

I hope you all enjoyed the pictures. I greatly enjoyed taking them. Only one post left for the rest of 2015 before we head straight into 2016. I have high hopes and goals for the coming year, especially in growing and developing my blog. See you guys again tomorrow!

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One Reply to “Holiday Enrichments at NW Trek”

  1. Hello! Ahh thank you for sharing these beautiful photos! The main reason we came to the park was to see the wolves also, so I hope it wasn’t too awkward when we approached you guys. (And by we, I mean my Tardis hat-wearing boyfriend because I’m terribly shy haha.) You make them look so gorgeous ;_; I especially love the racoon face-planting into the tree, hahah. We missed him, apparently! Thank you again, these are much more wonderful to look back on rather than my phone pictures. Best of luck to you and Thom in 2016! I gave you a follow on Facebook also – that photo challenge sounds intense, I’m interested to see what you choose to show!

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