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Oswald's Bear Ranch, Newberry

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  • The staff was very friendly, everyone we interacted with seemed upbeat and positive. The bears were playful and energetic. We watch cubs rolling around and playing together. The gift shop was reasonab...  more »
  • Loved this place, Bears are all rescues, habitats are very large, all bears look well cared for. Great to see these great animals up close. You can tell they really care for these great animals. Only ...  more »
  • Exactly what you expect. Lots of bears in fenced off areas. Fun to feed the bears and watch the cubs.  more »
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  • I finally got to visit today, this place is amazing and a must see! God bless this man for rescuing these bears. Don't listen to Amy Spencer, there's always a critic in the group. I read the review before I went, and as a fellow animal rescue volunteer, all I witnessed is a bunch of bears very well taken care of and very happy. In the cub picture area, the minute a cub showed stress she was switched with another that was more than happy to jump up and get some jam. These bears are having a great life and enjoying themselves instead of being euthanized.
  • I'm the kind of person that doesn't like zoos. I just don't like idea of animals constantly being stuck in small enclosures with nothing but a few yards of space to move around in. This Bear Ranch is a wonderful place. The bears have lots of space to run around in; there is even a pond for them to swim in and logs full of grubs and ants for them to eat and claw at. The bears look healthy and genuinely happy as opposed to bored out of their mind like you see at zoos sometimes. It is such a nice place for bears that the wild bears have even tried to get in. The gift shop has the most adorable things at great prices. The only downside I saw was that the bathrooms for people were basically a glorified outhouse without running water, but they are in the process of building new ones. I also wish there were more elevated structures to take pictures from, but I'm thinking that may be something they just haven't gotten to yet. It would have been nice if there had been a bit more advertising of the Bear Ranch on the road leading to it, because there were no signs at all until we were literally there (and we were worried we'd gotten lost). Not sure if it was the weather, but there were lots of mosquitoes. Overall, it was a great experience and I'm so glad I went!
  • Loved It! Would go again. Bears are very much loved and cared for. Enjoyed meeting Dean and Jewel. They are real friendly and willing to share their stories. I suggest buying the book for $5 on Dean's life adventures written by his son. Very interesting read and helps with the support of the bears. Thank you for sharing your passion with the public.
  • This place is amazing! I finally got to see for myself. These bears are very happy and it shows. They get to live a stress free life instead of being euthanized. They want for nothing and no cruelty in sight, don't listen to the few bad reviews saying they are not treated well.
  • I've been coming here for a long time, I still stop in every year to se the bears and what's new at the ranch. They are constantly improving every aspect of this facility, from bear enclosures and features to the gift shop and restrooms. They make it very clear that they care about the animals in their care and the people that come to visit. Makes me happy to contribute to such a place annually. Not to mention the bears are amazing! And my son loves getting his picture with the Cubs. Someday when he brings his children here those Cubs will be the big boys!