Sycamore’s recent arrival at Out of Africa brought tears of joy to park staff and visitors alike. After all, how many of us have actually seen a thirty-one pound baby grizzly? Along with his off-the-chart mega-cuteness factor, the park staff quickly discovered that Sycamore’s energy is endless, and that means playtime is ALL the time. Sycamore was born in a zoo in Ohio. Now that he lives at his permanent home at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, he will slowly begin to match the size and weight of his 800-pound father.
Sycamore’s parents are from a captive line of former circus bears. Sycamore was not needed as a circus bear, so he was offered to Out of Africa. They had been looking for a young male grizzly for about two years, ever since Cypress, a female grizzly, had lost her sister Aspen. Both Cypress and Aspen were rescued several years earlier, but Aspen passed away due to a fungal disease known as Valley Fever, leaving Cypress without companionship.
When Sycamore joined the park family, the first objective was to make him comfortable as he acclimated to his new habitat. His temporary home is located next to two rescued black bears named Parker and Sierra, brought to us by the Department of Arizona Game and Fish.
The permanent plan is to introduce Sycamore and Cypress to each other in 2015, once Cypress has woken up from her semi-hibernation. Sycamore has grown to a more substantial size since he first arrived, and this will bode well for him as he learns to handle the “bearish” tendencies of larger Cypress. Meanwhile, we hope Sycamore will be accepted by the two black bears Parker and Sierra. So far, all is well. And Sycamore’s playful antics, never-ending energy, and adorable nature are still very much the norm.
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