For many years, Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) history was tucked away in a big purple Rubbermaid tub, in old binders and in dusty files. Beginning in 2012, our staff partnered with former curators, board members, volunteers, wildlife officials, and The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine to organize the history and make it available in digital format. We sorted documents, photos and slides, and filed them by bear cub number and name, an arduous process. The ABR cub records are now available to our curators and to others who wish to use them in research to help bears.
During the winters of 2019 and 2020, ABR Curator Janet Dalton created presentations from these records and delivered them using Facebook Live broadcasts. When time permits, Curator Janet will update the presentations for 1996-2002 and complete our history with presentations for the classes of 2017-2019.
We hope you enjoy learning about all the bears that have received a second chance at Appalachian Bear Rescue!