Rescued brown bear cub finds a new home at Woodland Park Zoo



Rescued Brown Bear Cub Finds New Home at Woodland Park Zoo

We are excited to welcome this rescued brown bear cub to the Living Northwest Trail!

The female cub was found roaming alone on an air force base near Anchorage, Alaska. She traveled via Alaska Air Cargo and arrived at the zoo on July 13, 2022.

Born this past winter, the cub is assumed to be a singleton. Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) had received multiple reports of sightings of the lone cub; once they confirmed the mom was nowhere to be found and the cub was too young to survive on her own, they moved forward to bring the bear to safety. ADFG brought the orphaned cub to Alaska Zoo, who provided her with care and a temporary home. Woodland Park Zoo had already been in communication with Alaska officials to offer a permanent home for a cub should such a situation arise.

Here at her new home, the cub receives excellent care in a naturalistic setting complete with a wealth of enrichment including a braided, flowing stream; a bear-sized swimming pool with live fish; exhibit “furniture” such as rocks for basking in the sun; tree stumps that make great scratching posts; browse and novel scents; and a quiet cave for winter naps.

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Meet Juniper

If you're lucky, you might spot these little ears yourself!

We are extremely excited to share these recent photos of our curious and energetic brown bear cub. The growly girl has been exploring the bear habitat in Living Northwest Trail and is now taking turns with Keema on the public side of her home.

Juniper's name was inspired by the plant found in the Cascades of Washington state. Woodland Park Zoo advocates to restore a healthy brown bear population in the North Cascades with community support.



Watch Woodland Park Zoo’s new brown bear cub beat the heat with an ice treat in a kiddie pool!


She’s currently eating protein, kibble, greens, an assortment of fruits and veggies and formula from a bowl (think bear cub cereal!). As she grows, she’ll be transitioned off formula and to a seasonal diet. She now weighs over 100 pounds.


Learn More About Brown Bears

Brown bears and grizzly bears belong to the same species, Ursus arctos, although the common name, “brown bear,” typically refers to a coastal bear, while “grizzly bear” usually refers to a (smaller) inland bear. Scientifically speaking, all grizzlies are brown bears, but not all brown bears are grizzlies. Meanwhile, American black bears are an entirely separate species (Ursus americanus), although some black bears do have brown fur!


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