On Thursday, December 17, the Palm Beach Zoo got grizzly as two orphaned grizzly bear cubs, Juneau and Sitka, made their public debut. They were welcomed by Jan Steele, General Curator, Palm Beach Zoo, Sarah Colman, Lead Keeper, Palm Beach Zoo and other veterinary and animal care staff at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society who will temporarily house two orphaned grizzly bear cubs for about the next year.
When their elderly mother began raiding homes and offices, officials found the two female cubs extremely thin and malnourished near Yellowstone Park. Unable to survive without their now deceased mother, accredited zoos in the US stepped up to help. A zoo in South Dakota has agreed to adopt the cubs – as long as another zoo can provide temporary housing while construction on their exhibit is completed. As a result, the cubs will ‘vacation’ at the Palm Beach Zoo through the winter and into the coming months.
The two playful girls arrived on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 5:45 p.m., and have spent more than a month in quarantine, being monitored for disease and other health issues that might pose a risk to the other animals in the collection. Presently, they are being exhibited from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, but check with the docent on site for exact details.
The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. They advance their conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Their commitment to sustainable business practices elevates their capacity to inspire others.
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.