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Black Forest Bear Park and Reptile Exhibit - CLOSED

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This place is closed

This business has shut down. The two times I did visit, the bears did not look very happy. The... read more

Reviewed January 5, 2015
Chris W
Phenix City, Alabama
Why not know the real story?

We had planned to take our niece to this attraction this weekend and were very shocked it had been... read more

Reviewed November 8, 2014
Stacey L
Monroe, Georgia, United States
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  • Terrible27%
Jan 5, 2015
“This place is closed”
Nov 8, 2014
“Why not know the real story?”
Come meet our pretty lady grizzly, OB. She'll pose for you, as long as you keep tossing apples and strawberries to her!
8160 S Main St, Helen, GA 30545-3647
+1 706-878-7043
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Reviewed January 5, 2015

This business has shut down. The two times I did visit, the bears did not look very happy. The enclosures were small concrete boxes. I hope those bears are living a better life now.

Date of experience: March 2014
Thank Chris W
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...More

Date of experience: December 2013
17  Thank Stacey L
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.

Date of experience: August 2013
10  Thank Stefanie B
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...More

Date of experience: June 2014
32  Thank Ra H
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...More

Date of experience: July 2013
6  Thank DenineE
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...More

Date of experience: June 2013
10  Thank smjack8088
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...More

Date of experience: May 2013
13  Thank TheTravelingBison
Reviewed March 26, 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)

Date of experience: April 2013
9  Thank LSanchez304
Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

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

14  Thank Meagan C
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...More

Date of experience: February 2014
13  Thank AAGeorgiapeach
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