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Fortress of the Bear, Sitka

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  • October 4, 2017
    This is a non-profit "rehab" facility for injured and abandoned bears in Alaska. The bears are housed in what were former paper pulp mixers; three large, circular enclosures with a ten-foot wall. Unli...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Fortress of the bear is one of the most amazing animal experiences we have ever been to. So close (yet safe) to wild bears. The facility is a non profit run by volunteers with a mission to rehab and r...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Brown bears and Black bears in captivity, but natural habitat. One of the Brown bears uses sign language to communicate, especially when asking for food.Attendants are quite knowledgeable and friendly...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    First of all, I don't think this is a zoo. This is a sanctuary where people do their best to save bears and show how wonderful these animals are. Make no mistake: if they released them to the wild they wouldn't have survived. They were rescued and they got used to human environment. Excellent place, very informative, well run, fun. Thanks guys.
  • June 20, 2017
    Really cool bear sanctuary - it's not like a typical zoo and the bears have plenty of room to move around. The founder seems very passionate about the animals and the work. It's not a large destination, but definitely cool to see these animals in a more open environment.
  • July 9, 2017
    This is one of my two favorite tourist attractions in Sitka. Here, visitors can watch bears eat, play, and sleep. The bears kept here usually start as cubs that lost their mother, and would otherwise perish in the wild.
  • May 16, 2017
    Took a shore excursion off the cruise ship to this facility, very top notch place to save the bears, other wise there fate would be to be destroyed. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Great viewing area.
  • May 27, 2017
    I have to agree with Mark McElroy's review below - this place was depressing. It is sad to think that these bears will live out the rest of their lives in these inadequate conditions.

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