We have been to several other bear attractions in the U.S., and this one does not disappoint. We can see that the bears are not only healthy, but they are also happy! These are rescued grizzlies who cannot make it on their own in the wild; this educational sanctuary is delightful because watching the bears here is such a priceless glimpse of their natural behaviors--without bars or cages to mar the video and dozens of photos you'll want to take! Having seen a few grizzlies and black bears from a safe distance in the wilds of Yellowstone NP & Glacier NP, these bears are exactly like their wild brothers and sisters in the fact that their playful, leisure-time activities are the same! If you're used to seeing bored bears who sleep or pace in large cages or concrete enclosures, this "encounter" will amaze and delight you because it is the one place where one can view bears doing whatever bears want to do! While the bears obviously know they have company, they are completely un-self-conscious & are absolutely fascinating to watch---for hours, which we did for nearly 4 hours on a sunny, breezy day. In the early afternoon, we watched Lucy---a very young orphaned bear recently rescued from starvation in Alaska---romp and play, dig, climb huge boulders, and splash in water, while being treated to stories about her along with an invaluable education about grizzlies. In the afternoon, Lucy went into her den to eat and sleep, and out came two 6 year olds, Maggie and Jake. They played non-stop for more than two hours, and we were just in awe of their beauty, strength, and sense of joy for life that they exuded to us. I cannot stop thinking about our day there! To be able to watch grizzlies be actively happy and healthy for $7 per adult is an unbelievable bargain. Allow plenty of time to experience this remarkable place! Children will be dazzled and engaged; this is the best of Nature at a safe distance. Becoming educated on the 5 cardinal rules of behavior/precautions while in grizzly country could be priceless---for us and the bears. The gift shop area has a nice selection of souvenir keepsakes, which also helps support the bears :)
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