Wildwood Zoo welcomes a pair of mountain goats
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD –Wildwood Park & Zoo has welcomed a pair of mountain goat kids from Olympic National Park, WA.
“Tom” and “Ruby” were transferred to the zoo through a cooperative project among the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Wildwood Park & Zoo, and other participating zoos.
For several years, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been capturing mountain goats in the Olympic Range, where they are not native. They are then relocated to bolster depleted populations within their native Cascade Range.
The younger herd “kids” captured during the process have a significantly lower survival rate than juveniles and adults, and are placed in zoos.
Tom and Ruby can be seen enjoying their exhibit space in the rock pile pasture on the zoo’s Upper Pond Drive.
Tom and Ruby are about six months old.