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Grizzly Bear Has New Home at North Carolina Zoo

Grizzly Bear Has New Home at North Carolina Zoo

NC Zoo
Photo credit Hannah Tulloch/North Carolina Zoo ASHEBORO N.C. (NC ZOO) —The North Carolina Zoo announces the arrival of its newest resident – a 740-pound male grizzly bear named Ronan. Staff relocated the 9-year-old grizzly from the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona, based on a recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Ronan is settling into his new habitat in the North America continent area of the Zoo. Since this past summer, the grizzly bear habitat has remained empty. That followed the death of Tommo, a beloved grizzly bear who lived at the Zoo for 26 years. Ronan and his twin sister Finley were rescued in 2003 and relocated to the Reid Park Zoo when they were just barely one year old. That decision was made after wildlife officials in Yellowstone de...
North Carolina Zoo Mourns the Loss of ‘Amazing, Goofy’ Grizzly Bear

North Carolina Zoo Mourns the Loss of ‘Amazing, Goofy’ Grizzly Bear

NC Zoo
ASHEBORO NC (NC Zoo Press Release) - The North Carolina Zoo is grieving the loss of Tommo, a beloved grizzly bear who lived at the Zoo for 26 years. The 31-year-old bear's quality of life quickly declined to the point that the Zoo's staff made the difficult decision to euthanize him this week. Tommo arrived at the Zoo in 1995 after being identified as a "nuisance bear" in Yellowstone National Park and relocated twice by the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. Nuisance bears have lost their fear of humans because they start to associate people as suppliers of food. This happens when people don’t properly secure their food while out in the wilderness. Though bears like Tommo usually end up being euthanized because they pose a threat to humans, the Zoo was able to provide him a home t...