Reid Park Zoo staff members, working closely with our colleagues at AZA, have become aware of an annual need to relocate wild bears from state and national parks to reliable institutions. Orphaned bear cubs, as well as adult bears that have become habituated to humans and now pose a safety risk to park visitors, need a safe place to go. Reid Park Zoo hopes to accept 2-3 rescued bears and provide an opportunity for the Zoo to share their stories with Zoo guests and encourage them to take actions that protect bears in the wild.
But we need YOUR help…
The current exhibit is designed for polar bears, a species with a long history here at Reid Park Zoo but with different needs than brown bears. While polar bears are great swimmers in deep water; brown bears are better adapted for shallow streams and pools where they can “sit” and relax. We also hope to modify the exiting habitat to eliminate “behind-the-scenes” travel from one side of the exhibit to the other. This will increase Keeper safety and ensure that zoo guests can view and enjoy the new residents for longer amounts of time.
What can you do?
We ask that you consider a small donation to help bring brown bears to Reid Park Zoo. Your contribution will provide a new home for orphaned or rescued bears that need a new start.