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Alaska Zoo’s Smallest Brown Bear Cub Now in New Habitat for Public Viewing




ANCHORAGE, AK—In early May, The Alaska Zoo took a 10-pound, male brown bear into its care after the cub was discovered by Alaska Wildlife Troopers on April 29, near its deceased mother close to Nome, Alaska. Last week, the cub was moved from an indoor, quarantined habitat, to a habitat in the infirmary with outdoor access. As one of the smallest cubs the Alaska Zoo has ever cared for, the zoo is very pleased with his growth and progress.

“He did great on his first day in his new habitat, visible to the public. He is eating, playing and enjoying the outdoors. He seems to like visitors as long as they are not too loud, and is very intrigued with the fox that lives in the habitat next door to him,” said Shannon Jenson, head curator at the zoo.     

The cub, which was rescued near Nome, will find his forever home at the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Washington state once he is deemed healthy enough to be transported there.

“He is eating about five times each day and is on a diet of formula and kibble. Our talented team of veterinarians, zookeepers and staff members are taking great pride in caring for him until he is ready to go to his new home,” said Pat Lampi, the zoo’s executive director.


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