Cuteness Overload. Connie & Ellis had a baby


Help name the moose calf!

A story out of Washington State is garnering a lot of attention. Northwest Trek, a wildlife refuge and nature park, is asking people to help choose the name for a moose calf.

“The male moose calf born June 12 is healthy and growing fast. He stays close to his mother, Connie, and will gain up to 3 pounds a day while nursing.” said Northwest Trek staff

The proposed names are Spruce, Ash, and Douglas.

Cast your vote by 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 and keep an eye out for the name reveal on Friday, July 8.

The young moose has everything he needs – except for a name! Help name the moose calf by choosing your favorite name in our survey. You can vote for your favourite name at the following link:

The calf’s mother (named for park co-founder Connie Hellyer) and father Ellis (named for former longtime park Deputy Director Dave Ellis) were brought to Northwest Trek in 2012 as orphans. As residents of the 435-acre Free-Roaming Area, they wander at will.


moosecalfandconnieIn 1971, Dr. David “Doc” and Connie Hellyer donated the original land that became Northwest Trek Wildlife Park to Metro Parks Tacoma.  Northwest Trek officially opened its doors on July 17, 1975.

Over the next 15 years, the park expanded its exhibits, debuting the snowy owl, cougar, bobcat, lynx, wolf and bear exhibits. In 1994, the park set an all-time attendance record with more than 210,000 visitors, following the opening of the new grizzly bear exhibit.

The park is funded entirely through a combination of sales tax revenue, grants, donations and earned revenue, including admission fees and revenue from food and gift sales.

A partnership between Northwest Trek, Pierce County, the Land Conservancy and several generous private donors made the land purchase possible.

The Northwest Trek Foundation (NWTF) is a Washington state registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that promotes conservation, education and recreation to a regional and national community through the display of native wildlife in their habitats at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park (NWT).’   (


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