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Birthday bears to get a snowy present

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

Winter is coming.

The bears will enjoy a snowy birthday treat on April 15. Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

In celebration of grizzly brothers Keema and Denali's 20th birthday, our friends at Crystal Mountain will deliver snow fresh from the Cascades to the birthday bears on April 15.

If you can’t join us in person, check out the Bear Cam at 10:00 a.m. that day to watch the scene streaming live.

The bears slept through their actual birthday back on January 15 of this year. Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

Keema and Denali turned 20 back in January of this year, but bears being bears, they slept right through the milestone, all cozy in their winter slumber. 

As the boys enjoy their belated birthday present, zoo staff will be on hand to share fascinating facts about the grizzlies, the natural history of bears, and how the zoo plays an important role in helping to conserve bears and other apex predators in the state.

Approximately 25,000-30,000 black bears exist in Washington and biologists believe there may be as few as 10 individual grizzly bears in the North Cascades and 50-70 in the Selkirk Ecosystem of northeast Washington. 

Thanks to Crystal Mountain Resort for making this awesome birthday party possible!