FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!
Q: Are you open to the public?
We offer guided tours from June to August every year. Appointments for guide tours for the 2019
season will be booked starting in the spring. Tours are booked by appointment only.
Visit our Tours page for more information!
If you want to get involved we do take volunteers, co-op students, and have a caretaker for a day program.
Go to our Get Involved page for more information.
If you wish to support Bear Creek by booking a guided tour or sponsoring an animal, or supporting our
Amazon.ca Wish List, click on these links.
For outreach programs & presentations,
please call Mary Barros (705) 721-4730 or email Bear Creek Information
Once again, Thank you for your past, present and future support.
Q: Where do you get your funding?
All of our funding is donation based. All of our staff are volunteers. Visit our volunteer page for information on volunteering.
Q: Where do the animals come from?
Our animals are unwanted, abused and injured exotic and zoo surplus animals, some are surrenders or confiscations from the pet trade. Some have come from other sanctuaries that have had to close for financial reasons. Some are former entertainment industry animals. Some are animals from hoarding situations.
Most of them would have been euthanized if they hadn't come here.
Q. How many animals do you have?
We have over 120 animals.
Q. What kinds of animals do you have?
photographs of our animals go to the "Meet Our Animals" page.
Q: If I sponsor an animal can I take it home?
No, when you sponsor an animal you are supporting it financially. These
animals are wild and need the very specific care that they get at Bear Creek, so they
need to stay here. Wild animals don't make good pets!
If you would like to visit your sponsored animal you can make an appointment for a private tour. For more information on sponsoring an animal, click here
Q: What do the animals eat?
Our large carnivores (tigers, lions, etc.) eat domestic turkeys just like you have for Thanksgiving. The only difference is theirs have the heads, feet and feathers
on. The smaller carnivores (foxes, bobcat, owls) eat chickens. The bears eat everything. The lemurs, monkeys and raccoons get fresh fruits and veggies and monkey chow, nuts and dates. (Thursday
is jam sandwich day.) The emu gets cracked corn, emu chow, apples, and grass or clover in the spring and summer.
The deer gets carrots, deer chow, whole corn, cracked corn, banana and melon peels and molasses feed. He also gets ferns and maple leaves during the spring and summer and hay in the winter.The American Miniature horses get hay, grain, carrots, apples and supplements.
To see photos of a typical breakfast for the little guys go here .
Q: Can we donate food?
Q: Do you cook the carnivore's food?
No, we have to control very carefully everything the animals eat. If you want to help support the animals the
best way is to sponsor an animal , make
a donation, book a private tour buy some posters.
You can now also buy fun stuff for our animals on our Amazon.ca Wish List and it will be shipped directly to us!
You can do all of that online.
No, we try to keep their diet as close to what they'd get in nature as we
can. The carnivores need the feathers and bones from their food
to keep them healthy.
If you have any other questions please call us at
(705) 721-4730 or email Mary