Three moose calves welcomed to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Callisto the Moose
8/10/2022 (Photo/Katie Cotterill) Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Callisto.
Credit: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, photo by Katie Cotterill

EASTONVILLE, Wash. — Three Alaskan moose calves have a new home at the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park.

Atlas, Luna and Callisto were orphaned in the wild earlier this summer.

The two females and one male will join the park’s six-year-old female moose, Aspen, to the Free-Roaming Area with Roosevelt elk, American bison, caribou, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and black-tailed deer.

“We’re excited to welcome another generation of moose to Northwest Trek and provide a second chance and great home for these orphaned moose,” said zoological curator Marc Heinzman. “Once these calves grow into adulthood, they will be a thrilling sight for our guests.”

Luna was rescued from Ninilchik, Alaska, after wandering alone for several days in May. After evaluating the calf and not being able to see her mother, Luna was taken to the Alaska Zoo for temporary care. Zookeepers taking care of Luna described her as “elusive and independent.”

Biologists from Alaska Department of Fish and Game rescued Atlas and Callisto in late May and early June in Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center gave the two moose a temporary home. Atlas is described as “confident and relaxed,” and Callisto is a “sassy calf with a big personality.”

“We’re grateful to Alaska Zoo and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center staff for their extraordinary care of these calves over many months,” Heinzman said.

Each time a biologist gets a report of an orphaned calf, they give the cow (mother moose) and calf a least 24 hours to find each other on their own. In most situations, the mother moose has wandered off for a bit of time and left the calf in an area where the mother thought they would be safe.

If the biologist are unable to find the mother, they take the orphaned calf to an animal care facility.

“All three orphaned calves are healthy,” said head veterinarian Dr. Allison Case. “I’m looking forward to helping them transition to their new home and watching them continue to grow and thrive.”

Atlas weighs 165 pounds, Luna weighs 159 pounds and Callisto weighs 141 pounds. All three calves are four feet tall, and adult moose grow up to 1,200 pounds and stand 10.5 feet long and 7.5 feet high.

Guests will be able to see them on a Wild Drive or Keeper Adventure Tour at the park. Moose play a big role in helping people learn about ecosystems in the Northwest.

“We’re excited to offer opportunities for our guests to see moose demonstrating natural behaviors across all stages of life,” said Heinzman. “We hope this experience will inspire a deeper appreciation and caring for wild moose and the places they call home.”

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