The Bear No One Wanted...
Just days away from being euthanized-
Keepers of the Wild was Bam Bam's last hope.
Bam Bam's story is, sadly, all too common with most animals that start out in the entertainment business. Once these animals are no longer wanted or profitable, or become an inconvenience, they are disposed of. In her case, her trainer decided to advance his career with an established animal entertainment company. Upon accepting the job, he had to find homes for his menagerie. He was able to find homes for all of his animals except for Bam Bam. Thus started a search that lasted many months for someone who would be willing and able to make a permanent home for this 2 year old grizzly bear.
Emergency alerts requesting a home for Bam Bam were sent out from ASA, IFAW, GFAS and other national organizations, but all to no avail. Jonathan was approached about the possibility of taking Bam Bam at the USDA Symposium in Kansas City back in the beginning of July. At that time, he declined to take her as one of the other sanctuaries said they would take Bam Bam, only to back out a few days later, unbeknownst to us.
When word reached Terri of Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge that Bam Bam had to be placed in a new home by Sunday, August 24th, or she would be euthanized, Terri contacted Jonathan with the horrible news. Jonathan immediately agreed to take Bam Bam and sprang into action to create a quarantine area complete with swimming pool, tire swings, den box and other enrichment toys, while simultaneously starting plans for her permanent new habitat which looks to cost an estimated $45,000.00.
Terri graciously volunteered to transport Bam Bam from South Carolina to Arizona. Jonathan and Keepers of the Wild are greatly appreciative of all that Terri and her staff did to ensure that Bam Bam had a safe and comfortable journey to her new sanctuary. We greatly appreciate Terri's labor of love to get Bam Bam to us and we covered all expenses of the trip.
Bam Bam arrived safely at Keepers of the Wild on Thursday, August 28th. With your help, we can start contracting to build Bam Bam's new 8,000 square foot enclosure, complete with a large den area, a variety of platforms and trees for shade, jungle gyms for climbing, a large swimming pool and numerous enrichment toys.
Please help us with constructing an amazing new permanent habitat for this beautiful little grizzly by donating to our "Build-A-Bear-Habitat" Fundraiser!