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Black Forest Bear Park and Reptile Exhibit - CLOSED

8160 South Main Street, Helen, GA 30545
706-878-7043
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Come meet our pretty lady grizzly, OB. She'll pose for you, as long as you keep tossing apples and...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner 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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Monroe, Georgia, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We had planned to take our niece to this attraction this weekend and were very shocked it had been closed. We have visited here several times with our own children and always had a wonderful time! The price was very reasonable, and the bears were entertaining - and even though in concrete enclosures, their environment was always clean with fresh... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
35 helpful votes 35 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
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Atlanta, Georgia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
19 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 review
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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111 reviews 111 reviews
19 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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
42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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