Some of Our Residents:
Amy is the sister of Sonja. Amy is probably the smartest bear that we have. She is best friends with Jenny. Her favorite food is grapes.
Female Syrian brown bear ~ 370 lbs ~ 13 years old
Jimmy is one of our oldest bears at 20 years old (also our largest at 1400 lbs!). He is extremely friendly with people and very good natured. His favorite food is red meat.
JIMMY/JIMBO - unfortunately Jimbo passed 4/2018
Male Kodiak bear ~ 1400 lbs ~ 23 years old
Leo is also one of our oldest bears, also around 20 years old. He is probably our most clever bear and loves to play with balls and toys.
Male Syrian brown bear ~ 880 lbs ~ 24 years old
Jenny is best friends with Amy. Her favorite food is peanuts and she absolutely loves the snow! She is also the cousin of Sonja and Amy. The Syrian Brown Bear is from the Middle East. They are almost extinct in the wild.
Female Syrian brown bear - 330 lbs - 13 years old
Sonja is the sister of Amy and cousin to Jenny. Her favorite food is fruit, especially peaches from our trees. She, and the other bears, also love grass.
Female Syrian brown bear - 340 lbs - 13 years old
Judy is sister to Maddy. She rules the roost here and is very motherly, especially over Frank. Her favorite food is anything sweet and also sunflower seeds.
Female Syrian - Black crossbreed - 420 lbs - 13 years old
Maddy is the sister of Judy. She is a very sweet girl. At bedtime they all like to cuddle up to her. Her favorite food is watermelon.
Female Syrian-black crossbreed - 510 lbs - 14 years old
All the girls love Frankie! His favorite food is peanuts, sunflower seeds & jelly donuts. In the winter all the bears spend a lot of time sleeping. Maddy, Judy and Frank have a hard time getting out of bed at all.
Male american black bear - 350 lbs - 7 years old
Randy, Rosie and Kimmy all grew up together. Their favorite food is meat. Because he is the only male in their group, he would like to think he is the boss, but Kimmy, the smallest is really the one in charge.
Male Syrian brown bear - 790 lbs - 21 years old
Kimmy is the smallest bear in her group but she definitely rules the roost. Her favorite foods are apples and oranges.
Female Syrian-black crossbreed - 520 lbs - 21 years old
Kodiak brown bears are from the Kodiak Islands in Alaska. Rosie's favorite food is peppermints and she also loves a cup of coffee if she can get it.
Female Kodiak bear - 750 lbs - 21 years old
Duckie can no longer fly and so has come to live here as a permanent resident. She hangs out with the other ducks in our ponds all year but when they fly south we care for her until the weather warms again.
Duck - 9 lbs - duck species
How did these bears come to live at the Orphaned Wildlife Center?
There are many different stories for how the bears came to live at the Orphaned Wildlife Sanctuary.
Jimbo originally came from an animal park out west and he had an injury to his back leg. The injury was a permanent one and he still gets stiff in that hind leg when it's cold out.
Jimbo was born in captivity at the animal park and was never a "wild bear". That park has since closed. Since he was born in captivity to a mother also born in captivity he would have no skills taught to him to survive in the wild. (Plus his leg injury would have made it even worse for him. ) Jimbo lives with Leo and is closest friends with him. Rosie came from that same place, but at a different time.
Eight of the bears are Syrian brown bears. All of the Syrian brown bears came to us from a breeding program that was in place to try to save the species. The Syrian bears are very endangered and the hope was to start a breeding program to save them. When that fell through, some of those bears came to us. All of the Syrian brown bears we have here were from that former breeding program. Because they originate in the Middle East, they couldn’t be released here; you can not introduce bears into the wild that are not native.