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19 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Current weather: 76F (24C) Partly Cloudy

Jessamine and Beignet are having a good time in their wild enclosure, zooming after each other, up and down trees. The recently exiled Boudreaux is the total boss of his enclosure. We think he’s pursuing a Doctorate in Lallygagging (he already has his Masters of Shenanigans). By the time he’s released, he will be accomplished in… many things.

We’re devoting this photo album to Balthazar Bear. He slept through most of yesterday, but sprang to life last night, exploring his enclosure, wrestling with a threatening swingy ball, and defending himself against a “Bark Creature”. He’s back to normal, able to amuse himself (and us) with anything he finds.Thank you for helping him become the big little bear he was meant to be. ❤️👑🐻


🚨Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is closed until further notice. Please stay safe and healthy!

Our online store is open for business:
appalachian-bear-rescue.myshopify.com

Donations are needed and welcomed: ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

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22 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Hey Everyone!! Curators Coy and Tori here for the FB Live Kids Edition: A Bear's Nose Knows Best ... See MoreSee Less

Hello All! In preparation for tomorrow's Facebook Live for Kids' we have a few items you will need to get together prior to participate in a "smell test" activity. Please do NOT go out and buy these items. You may substitute similar ones as a replacement if you don't have these exact household items.

-Oranges
-Apples
-Bananas
-Cinnamon
-Coffee
-Vanilla Extract

Please bring at least 4 of the above items, as well as a blindfold with you to our Facebook Live Lesson. We will be practicing using our sense of smell to identify these different items with only our noses. See if you can smell as good as a bear!

We hope to see you all there 🙂
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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Current weather: 72F (22C) Sunny

All are calm, all is bright. No, it’s not Christmas, but after the weekend’s Boudreaux relocation drama, it’s a perfect description of our yearlings and the weather.

Beignet and Jessamine are not missing Boudreaux. In fact, they’re partying like it’s 1999. That’s our interpretation of their joyful play after being relieved of the company of a precocious, 120-pound, chonky male. It reminds us of Sweetie and Daffodil who were much happier after the departure of the amorous Hartley. Here’s something noteworthy: bears in captivity pace when stressed. Beignet isn’t pacing. Neither is Boudreaux. It seems their cubbyhood is over and their need for each other’s company has ended. It’s a natural development for black bear yearlings who will spend most of their lives alone.

Boudreaux is making the most of his situation, and we fear what projects he will initiate. There’s a sleeved sapling that’s caught his attention.

And Balthazar is back to his routine, sleeping on his platform or on his daybed. He’s happy, so we’re happy. Today is good and we hope tomorrow is too. 🤞❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

Facebook Live for Kids:Session 2: “A Bear’s Nose Knows Best” will be broadcast live on Facebook tomorrow, April 7, 2020, at 2pm EST. We hope to see you there!

🚨We’ve decided to extend the closure of our Trillium Cove Visitor & Education Center through to the end of April. We’ll reevaluate the Covid-19 situation then. Please stay safe and healthy!

Our online store is open for business:
appalachian-bear-rescue.myshopify.com

Donations are needed and welcomed:

salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link

*We post one bear update daily, seven days a week.
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ABR Video-April 6, 2020

In case you missed it, here's an edited version of the first session of ABR’s Facebook Live: Kids’ Edition: “Bear Hardware: Teeth and Claws”. Comments on Youtube are disabled, so if your human cub or yearling has questions or would like to share their drawing of bears, please send them to:
appbearrescue@gmail.com

Session 2: “A Bear’s Nose Knows Best” will be broadcast live on Facebook tomorrow, April 7, 2020, at 2pm EST. We hope to see you there!

We’ll post our regular daily bear update later today.❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

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More Room in the Den Campaign

We will be adding a fifth wild enclosure and upgrading several of our existing buildings to better accommodate bears in need. View the campaign letter to learn more about all the upgrades. Click here to view a map of the future upgrades.

Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) is a black bear rescue facility located just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend, Tennessee. ABR is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that has been returning black bears back to the wild since 1996. Each year black bears from our national parks and surrounding areas are orphaned, injured, or in need of medical care. Thanks to Appalachian Bear Rescue, these bears are given a second chance at life in the wild.

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