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Fortress of the Bear, Sitka

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.3/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
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  • Take great pictures because they do not leave, fenced-in bars, and the view is good because you see them from above. There are only two large circles and there is black and brown bears respectively. They have some debris including toys, tractor wheels and ducts. Go there to see this, neither by time nor money. The truth in a Zoo is better and I see much more as the of Zacango or Guadalajara in Mexico. There are bathrooms but phew not well, sad and a little souvenir shop
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  • Excellent staff available to provide the background on each rescued bear and explain how the bears are rehabilitated and placed in safe environments, not an easy task since they cannot be re-released ...  read more »
  • Fortress of the Bear is way fun! The large former cooling towers actually provide great habitats for the bears. All are rescues and forbidden to release back into the wild, their habitats are great! T...  read more »
  • Fortress of the Bear is another rescue sanctuary in Sitka, a 501 non-profit, that is well worth your visit. There is an educational piece and you learn the plight of bears in Alaska; as they lose their territory cubs become orphaned and must be put down. This organization seeks to rescue and rehabilitate these cubs (that grow into adults). I'm not sure how successful they will be in releasing bears back into the wild, but they have successfully provided a stimulating and as natural as possible habitat for a small but wonderful collection of bears (5 brown bears, 3 black bears) at their site and provided other bears homes elsewhere. The bear enclosures are an interesting and successful story of re-purposed old clarifier tanks, which provide a large space for the bears that easily holds a pool of water for the bears to enjoy. These bears seem content and it is fun to watch their playful antics.
  • I know, I know -- I'm the minority opinion here, because no one in our party of four found anything endearing about the Fortress of the Bear. What sounds like a compelling story -- cubs, saved from euthanasia by placing them in a walled containment facility -- struck us as the result of good intentions gone awry. While closely-cropped images on the facility's website showcase the animals, in person, we couldn't not see the dreary environment, with trash floating in the water and busted tired strewn across the landscape. The bears may love it -- but we left depressed and a little sad. Not recommended.
  • It was extremely crowded when our tour bus arrived and added even more people into the fray. People were lining the ramp trying to take pictures or even just stay out of the way. They will occasionally talk over a microphone to tell the story of the bears past and the work the organization is doing.
  • Such a cool exhibit, with brown bears, black bears, and tons of eagles lurking on by. A great non profit organization that takes great care of orphan bears. Great place for adults and kids will be mesmerized. I can't recommend it highly enough, we went twice in a three day period.
  • Great experience seeing rehabilitated bears that are well cared for and that would have otherwise been euthanized.
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