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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


June 4, 2012

Pike Place Fish Market to bring famous salmon toss to zoo’s grizzlies
to gear up for weekend bear event

Gigi Allianic, Rebecca Whitham
206.548.2550 |

Pike Place Fish Market will bring their famous salmon toss on June 7 to Woodland Park Zoo’s grizzlies to kick off Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves: Pacific Northwest Wildlife Conservation presented by Brown Bear Car Wash. Bear Affair is June 9. Shown in photo is a mock backyard party set up in the grizzly exhibit at Bear Affair

Photo Credit: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo


Fishmongers from the world famous Pike Place Fish Market will show off their aerial stunts on June 7 by tossing salmon to Woodland Park Zoo’s 800- pound grizzly bears. Pike Place Fish serves only sustainable, best quality seafood.

The salmon toss is an exclusive delivery to usher in the zoo’s annual Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves: Pacific Northwest Wildlife Conservation presented by Brown Bear Car Wash. This year’s event will be on June 9.

Bear Affair activities will focus on bears, wolves and other Pacific Northwest wildlife, what these animals need to survive in the wild and how humans can co-exist. Highlights will include mock backyard and campsite demonstrations in the grizzly exhibit; talks about the beauty and wonder of awe-inspiring bears by the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project; animal talks by zoo staff and special guests; meet ‘n’ greet sessions with a Karelian bear dog to discover how these Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife partner dogs play an essential role in training nuisance bears to avoid human contact; safety camping tips by Boy Scouts; representatives from Wolf Haven International and The Burke Museum; and crafts for kids. Plus, a free raffle for a BearSaver™ bear resistant cart provided by CleanScapes.


Pike Place Fish Market salmon toss photo op: Thursday, June 7, 10:30-10:45 a.m.


Grizzly bear exhibit at the zoo’s Northern Trail. Park in the inner lot at the NORTH end where the admin. offices are located off N. 59th St. & Phinney Ave. N. Meet at the West Entrance for staff escort or head to the grizzly exhibit


Pike Place Fish Market and the zoo’s grizzly bear brothers, 18-year-old Keema and Denali. Currently weighing more than 800 pounds apiece, the bears arrived at the zoo in 1994 from Washington State University, which maintains a small collection to conduct a long-term study on bear nutrition. 


Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves: Pacific Northwest Wildlife Conservation presented by Brown Bear Car Wash will take place at the zoo on Saturday, June 9, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Visit for a schedule of activities.


Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves is free with zoo admission or membership. Summer hours: 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily. Admission through September 30: Adult (13-64) id="mce_marker"7.75; Child (3-12) id="mce_marker"1.50; Toddler (0-2) Free. Active and retired U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with disabilities receive a discount and zoo members receive free zoo admission year round. Parking: $5.25.

For more information or to become a zoo member, visit Or call 206.548.2500 or 548.2599 (TTY).


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