Friday, August 20, 2010

Angry Bears

Kodiak Bears

Issued by Tichnor/The Union News Company

I've been in quite a bad mood recently, so I emphathize with the plight of these bears. Lucky for the current bear residents, since the Brookfield Zoo opened in 1934, the bears' habitat has been dramatically upgraded. The Great Bear Wilderness, the largest exhibit at zoo, hosts grizzly bears, polar bears, eagles, Mexican gray wolves, and bison. The two bears there now, Angoon Axhi and Kootznoowoo Jim, each weigh over 1,000 pounds!

I admit I have ambivalent feelings about zoos. On the one hand, I don't like that animals are kept in unnatural, captive environments. On the other, some zoos are responsible caretakers and contribute to animal conservation efforts, and the keepers at these zoos are passionate, loving stewards. Visit the Brookfield Zoo's Grizzly Bear page to learn more about the bears and how important they are - and what you can do to help.

Thanks to Beth at the Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday!


Christine H. said...

I feel the same way you do about zzos. I think maybe we are learning to do a better job these days.

Postcardy said...

I worked at that zoo for several summers in the 1960s (in the refreshment stands).

Lyneen said...

I have worked at a couple of zoos & aquariums on the 90's and I believe they have come a long way! Some further than others... but they are improving.

Love the bears. TFS
Happy Pff

MrCachet said...

My first Zoo visit was in 1968 - to the San Diego Zoo. Impressive for a twenty year old who'd never been to a zoo, anyway. Not the kind of climate for a zoo here in Montana, although we do have one in Billings now.

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