Aldergrove, B.C. -(Monday, October 16, 2017) -

On Monday September 4th, 2017, the Greater Vancouver Zoo received three orphaned black bear cubs from Alaska. They were estimated to be approximately seven months old at the time of their arrival and are all siblings. Basil is the young male who is the leader of the pack and is closely followed by his two sisters: Rosemary and Thyme. 

Visitors to the Greater Vancouver Zoo will see the adorable cubs discovering their new enclosure in the North American Wilds section. Unfortunately, Basil, Rosemary and Thyme’s mother is presumed to have been killed because of human-wildlife conflict. Hundreds of bears are destroyed yearly in B.C. and elsewhere, most often due to bears having access to non-natural food sources. 

People are urged to keep neighbourhoods and wildlife safe by taking preventative measures to avoid conflict with wildlife by reducing food sources. 

  • Store garbage in secure containers, clean bins regularly and move to the curb on the morning of collection date. 
  • Collect fruit and vegetables from gardens often ensuring any items that have fallen to the ground are cleaned up on a consistent basis. 
  • Do not feed pets outside or clean up any uneaten food items immediately.
  • Clean BBQ’s after use, empty grease traps and cover or store indoors.

By reducing the risks to human safety and property, we can reduce the number of bears that are destroyed each year.