At the Detroit Zoo
Three grizzly bear cubs – Mike, Thor and Boo – were found orphaned in Alaska after their mother was shot and killed by a poacher. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game contacted the Detroit Zoological Society seeking a home for the 10-month-old brothers. They arrived via Fed Ex plane and have called Detroit Zoo home since December 2011. The Zoo is also home to two other rescued grizzly bears, both of which were relocated twice in the wild before arriving at the Zoo as 2-year-olds. Female Kintla was captured by Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in 1986 after showing interest in the area’s honey industry, frequently “inspecting” the beehives. Male Lakota arrived here from Wyoming in 1987 after being deemed a public threat at Yellowstone National Park and captured by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The grizzly bears can be found in the bear dens in the American Grasslands.
The grizzly bear is a massive animal with an elevated forehead and humped shoulders. Its coat color ranges from off-white, tan, yellow, brown to black. The name grizzly comes from the grizzled-gold coloration on the tips of the fur as the bear matures.
Scientific name: Ursus arctos horribilis
Continent: North America
Habitat: Dense forests, sub-alpine meadows, arctic tundra
Size: 3-5 feet (at the shoulder); up to 10 feet tall standing upright on its hind legs
Weight: 400-800 pounds
Diet: The grizzly bear is an omnivore and eats roots, leaves, berries, squirrel, elk, moose and deer.
Reproduction: Gestation 270 days; one to three cubs
Lifespan: 25 years
Conservation Status: Least Concern