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Fortress of the Bear, Sitka

4.4
Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Bears ruled Alaska long before fishermen, gold miners, or cruise ships arrived. As their territory has diminished, more and more bear cubs have become orphaned. The state of Alaska has no bear rehabilitation program in place, and unfortunately orphaned cubs are routinely shot by the Department of Fish and Game for lack of an alternative. Until now. At Fortress of the Bear, our mission is to rescue cubs, bring them back to health and provide a long life full of enrichment.

Our rescue center opened in 2007, and now houses 8 bears. More than 20,000 visitors per year come to experience the majesty of these amazing creatures. We've sent cubs to the Bronx Zoo, Montana Grizzly Encounter and the International Big Cat in Boyd, Texas - we’ve given a total of 3 bear cubs a second chance. Our goal is to work with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to someday release rehabbed bears back into the wild. As a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization, we rely solely on admission fees and donations for funding.
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  • We visited via a escorted trip. This is a wonderful up close and personal but safe way to see the alaskan bears. Also, it is interesting since the facility was an old pulp mill which has been...  more »
  • Just had a private tour with the owner Les, omg, he’s got an incredible history in Alaska. His got a heart as large as the state when it comes to his bears! Claire was wonderful as well, I got to be....  more »
  • It is amazing to watch the bears in their natural environment! This place does such a great job of that. All the employees are friendly and truly care about the bears.  more »
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  • Great educational facility and tourist attraction. The bears live good lives here that they would never have gotten to lead otherwise. Natural habitat, feeding and wellbeing is at the heart of what these guys do. I hope this place continues to flourish and develop over the next few years.
  • Great place to visit! Great education spot about bears. The bears seem happy and healthy. A new visitors center is being constructed and will certainly enhance viewing and learning opportunities. Plan on spending 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Amazing! I could spend all day there watching the bears and learning more. Chris was great offering to educational tidbits and information on volunteering. I'm hoping to be back next summer to volunteer here.
  • Go to the zoo. Save your money. They don't rehabilitate bears but rather rescue them and raise them as pets. Come pay to see my dogs. You will help me raise them and get more out of it. Know what I mean?
  • So awesome!! The bears are beautiful and cute and amazing! It's sad to hear their stories about how they ended up at the center, but what this place is doing is so cool and it is getting bigger and better!! They were in the process of expanding when we were there. Sitka was really cool!

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