New Bear Cub at Museum of Life and Science in Durham
Just the Bear Facts
Next time you are at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, you may notice a new addition. Look a little closer at the black bear habitat. Get your “bearings” together and you’ll find a new black bear cub. Carrie Heinonen, CEO and President of the Museum puts it best when she says, “There are few things more exciting at the Museum than the arrival of a new animal like this bear.” She concludes, “She has captured our hearts, and we expect she’ll have those of the whole community before long.” Head to the museum soon and see for yourself.
It all began when the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission rescued the cub outside Asheville, but determined that she was unsuitable for release. For example, the cub showed behavior that would now allow her to survive in the wild. Therefore, officials scouted for a home where the success of her long-term survival increased. Enter the Museum of Life and Science. Currently, the black bear cub is 60 pounds and nine months old. In addition, Sherry Samuels, Director of Animal Care at the Museum admits, “This little bear has health challenges we are working to solve and manage throughout the introduction period and beyond.” As a result, over the last five weeks, a team of veterinarians have been working with the cub closely to address these health issues and support the cub as it adjusts to her new environment at the Museum.
Black Bear Habitat
Now that her quarantine period is over, which began back in September, and she has completed her initial introduction to the Museum’s three adult bears, it is almost time for her to be a part of the black bear habitat. She’ll be sharing the space with Mimi, Gus, and Yona, all rescues too. Once she has fully adjusted, the next step will be giving her a name. A naming contest is in the works so start thinking about her “furever” name. Sometimes the best strategy of naming animals is observing them up-close. On you visit, head to the outdoor “Explore the Wild” section. There you will find the new cub this fall in her new home. Check out the observation deck which provides unobstructed views of the area while visitor-controlled zoom cameras offer guests the opportunity for a one-of-a-kind look at bear behavior.
Plan Your Visit
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Prices vary from free for members to $23 for general adult admission. Buy your tickets here. In line with Durham County guidelines, masks are required indoors for all all visitors five and older. Stay safe and have a “beary” good time!