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Fortress of the Bear, Sitka

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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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  • Amazing experience and tour! A must see if you're in Sitka!! Seeing the bears so up close was surreal, and learning about them was great! I felt I left with so much more knowledge of these amazing...  more »
  • Thank you for showing me an experience I will never forget Thank you for the work being done by dedicated people at the Fortress of the Bears  more »
  • 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.

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