Bearizona announces new grizzly bear habitat and documentary

Above: One of the black bears at Bearizona, a popular wildlife park devoted to providing homes for wild animals in need. Experience AZ | 7 Jan |

Bearizona, a popular wildlife park devoted to providing homes for wild animals in need, today announced the completion of Kinder Cubs, a new 29,000-square-foot habitat for the recently rescued grizzly bear cubs, Hanna, Sky and Crockett. As the healthy bear cubs continue to grow, Bearizona is moving them into a bigger and better habitat, which will serve as an interim home while the park finalizes The Grizzly Encounter exhibit, coming in early 2022.

“We’re extremely proud to be offering these amazing and not-so-little Grizzly cubs an equally amazing, and more spacious new home as they grow, while we continue to build the best grizzly bear enclosure in the country,” said Animal Director Dave O’Connell. “These cubs are important animal ambassadors because they will educate guests from all over the world about Grizzly bears and the habitats in which they live.”

Located in the walk-thru section of Bearizona, the Kinder Cubs exhibit offers an expansive space for the three bear cubs to roam. It boasts a waterfall, a stream and a large viewable cave. The exhibit can also be viewed through Bearizona’s webcams, where viewers have unlimited access to witness the bears’ substantial growth and impressive ability to destroy any enrichment toy they are given.

Since their rescue, Hanna, Sky and Crockett have collectively gained 469 pounds, more than quintupling in size. As the weather cools, the siblings can be found spending their time roughhousing, digging, and playing in their pond.

Bearizona has kept close track of their progress, growth and personalities along the way, and has documented their storied and touching journey to the park in a new documentary titled “A Journey to a New Home.” The documentary film, which features an intimate, inside look at the cubs’ rescue and rehabilitation along with insights about wildlife conservation. Watch the sneak peak trailer by going to Bearizona.com/grizzly-cub-trailer.

In early 2022, Bearizona is slated to unveil the cubs’ final home, The Grizzly Encounter. The new Grizzly Encounter will incorporate expansive grounds and multilevel spaces for the bears to enjoy and guests to experience, featuring, a 200-foot by 24-foot cliff, two waterfalls, underwater viewing sections and a rock ridge from where people can look down, into the habitat, or view the grizzly ponds. Once complete, The Grizzly Encounter will be one of the largest and most impressive grizzly bear habitats in the United States.

Since it was founded in 2010, Bearizona has fast-become a must-see attraction when visiting the Grand Canyon’s South Rim or driving through Northern Arizona. The 160-acre facility is accredited by the Zoological Association of America and was voted among the top three wildlife parks by the annual USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards twice in the past three years. The drive- and walk-through park’s mission is to rescue wild animals in need of new homes and promote conservation by inviting visitors to view wildlife in spacious, natural environments.

For more information, visit http://www.bearizona.com. Anyone who cannot make the journey to Bearizona to see the fast-growing cubs, can instead shop online for bear-themed gifts at shop.bearizona.com/cubs or watch them on the webcams at https://bearizona.com/experiences/cub-cams/.

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