Turpentine Creek animal refuge expands with bear habitats


A Four States animal refuge is all about the lions and tigers… and bears are now moving in as well. Turpentine Creek is expanding and this weekend is the grand opening.

For years, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has housed all kinds of big cats – but the list of animals is now growing.

“We’re about to open two of the biggest habitats we’ve ever built here and it’s for bears. Bears that we rescued in Colorado, one that we rescued out of Florida. And we have just had a tremendous amount of support in building something this big,” says Emily McCormack with Turpentine Creek.

One enclosure is 3/4ths of an acre and the other 2.4.

“It’s just giving the bears back a life – they’re in captivity for the rest of their life so to be able to give them these amazing enclosures with trees where they can climb, build nests and be a bear,” says Emily McCormack.

The two year development began during the Colorado Project with the rescue of a number of animals including bears.

“This is our first try at something this big and natural and we’re hoping it can encourage other places to rescue bear in the country – there’s such a need for these black bear and brown bear to be rescued from people who try to own them as a pet,” says McCormack.

The bear habitats officially open this Sunday, October 28th at noon at Turpentine Creek. Normal admission rates will be charged, but those attending will have access to an area normally closed to the public.

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