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Spring is in the air at Bearizona Wildlife Park

April 5, 2014 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Bearizona Wildlife Park is excited to announce the arrival of two bear cubs, which were born to two different mothers the second week of January at the Williams, Arizona Wildlife Park. 

The bear cubs spent their first two months with their mothers are were just weaned.  They will be viewable in a nursery exhibit until May, when they are big enough to go out into their own enclosure within the walk through area of the park.

Black Bears commonly have two to four cubs per litter, and can nurse up to six cubs.  Despite high birthrates, only four out of ten cubs will reach their first year of life.  The sixty percent of cub mortality is a result of starvation and depredation by male bears are other large carnivores.

Arizona has a stable wild population of black bear in the wild, however the elusive animals are rarely seen. Visitors to Bearizona Wildlife Park are able to get a close encounter with captive black bears, while learning about their habits and history. “It is exciting to see the emotional connections people make with our animal residents. Once people open their hearts to wildlife then we can teach them about conservation issues,” explains COO and Curator Vanessa Stoffel. She adds, “We have a unique opportunity to educate the public about what it means to live with and recreate among black bears, and these little ambassador cubs are where it all begins.”

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