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Black Forest Bear Park and Reptile Exhibit

8160 South Main Street, Helen, GA 30545
706-878-7043
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Ranked #18 of 21 attractions in Helen
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: Come meet our pretty lady grizzly, OB. She'll pose for you, as long as you keep tossing apples and strawberries to her!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I'm glad this place has been shut down. We went once and those poor bears looked so sad. It was like bear jail.

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Duluth, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

In a joint effort by PETA, the Atlanta Humane Society, Simpson's co-creator Sam Simon, and the Wild Anima Sanctuary this location was shut down in January, 2014 and the 17 animals it once housed relocated to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. The bears are now enjoying 60 acres of grassland with their own private dens. Excellent veterinary care... More

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Calhoun, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This is animal cruelty. These bears need to be set free. This place made me cry. I feel so sorry for these poor bears!!! I know they would probably have a tough time if they were set free, only because this is the life they are used to now, but a big concrete pad is no life for these bears!!... More

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I love animals and don't think the way the bears spent most of their time in those concrete holes is very nice, plus, the restrooms were disgusting.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
13 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I walked into a gift shop store in a strip mall in Helen, and I paid admission to the Bear Park. I don't know what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. Bears of various species in concrete cells. Most of them sat in a corner or slept. There was very minimal enrichment activities for them. I felt horrible. The... More

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Georgia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

If you love animals then do not go here, these poor babies are thrown in a lifeless concrete pit, no natural habitat, it is void of anything and should be shut down. I am not a fan of zoos in general but I have seen some very nice areas, this is far below what any animal should be subjected to.

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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This place made me sick! It is impressive to see these animal up close, but the conditions they were kept.... unbearable! Just think of a wild animal in a confined space, not good! (Visted April 2012)

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The conditions these bears are kept in is terrible!! They have no grass, no trees, nothing. Never again will I pay to see how cruel people can be to natures wildlife animals

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Denver, CO
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92 reviews 92 reviews
15 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I never had to see these poor precious creatures while they were being kept in these horrid concrete pits. In fact, I haven't been to Helen in many years. I live in Colorado and now I can visit them along with all the other beautiful animals that the wonderful people who work and volunteer at The Wild Animal Sanctuary have... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

One of the bears has untreated broken bones, all were suffering from confinement in concrete pits. Now they'll walk on grass at a 60-acre sanctuary in Colorado.

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