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12/15/2020 (Photo/Katie Cotterill) Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Winter Keeper Adventure Tour.

Elk bugling a unique experience at Northwest Trek

Keeper Adventure Tours offer elk bugling this fall

Add a unique experience to your outing at Northwest Trek. Elk bugling is the mating call of these large woodland beasts during the annual elk rut (mating season). Love is surely in the air at Northwest Trek this fall where you can witness this phenomenon on a Keeper Adventure Tour. Go in an open-air jeep for a 2-hour tour within the 425-acre roaming habitat at the zoo. Listen for the high-pitched whistling sounds of these animals and possibly catch bull elk sparring, locking their horns and aggressively fighting. Winner takes all- ownership of the nearby cow herd (female elk).

Recommended for ages 13+, the tour will take guests off-road to also witness bison, goats, moose, caribou, swans, and more. The price of the tour also includes admission to the zoo where visitors can walk the paths to see bears, cougars, and wolves.

To find book tickets and find out more, visit the zoo’s website.

What to know about this experience at Northwest Trek

Upcoming tours: September 17, 18, 24, 25; Oct. 1, 2 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Cost: $85 members/$95 non-members. Includes park admission. Reservations required. Limit 8 people per tour.

Age: 13+

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