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Grizzly Bear Cubs Arrive at Toledo Zoo

Posted Sep 2nd, 2015 by Andi Norman  Category: Community Interest, General News

 

The two recently orphaned female grizzly bear cubs from Yellowstone National Park have arrived safely at the Toledo Zoo. To ensure their health and wellness, the cubs will undergo the standard quarantine process of anywhere from 30 to 60 days before any consideration of going on exhibit for public viewing. According to Dr. Ric Berlinski, the Toledo Zoo’s chief veterinarian “On arrival the cubs appear to be well, however, the quarantine process is important to ensure their health as well the health of our other animals.”

The two female grizzly twins were in need of a home following the loss of their mother last month. They weigh approximately 60 – 70 pounds each and are less than a year old, which wildlife officials’ state is too young to survive in the wild without their mother. The Toledo Zoo is pleased that they were able to provide a home and quality care for the grizzly cubs. The welfare of the young bears is the Zoo’s top priority.

The Toledo Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and not only meets, but regularly exceeds, AZA and USDA standards for quality animal care and visitor experience. As Toledo Zoo residents, the cubs will be cared for by a very qualified animal care team of experts including curators, keepers, veterinarians and support staff. The bears will also be a part of an extensive enrichment program that is dedicated to encouraging natural behaviors in a sensory rich environment.

Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) are a North American sub-species of brown bears. Grizzlies were once widespread throughout western and plain states; however, their population decreased dramatically with the development of the west. Today, only 2,300 live in the four states of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service lists grizzly bears as threatened in the lower 48 states.

It has been over 30 years since brown bears resided at the Toledo Zoo. These cubs, along with the other two species of bears, polar and sloth, that call the Toledo Zoo home are ambassadors for their species, and will help increase awareness, conservation and education.

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