What's New at Bear Creek!

February 2019

Note: This goes for bunnies, squirrels, and deer too!

Our website is being updated! Stay tuned for new stuff!


1998 - 2018

Well lived, well loved, very much missed. Rest now, beautiful girl.

Check out the Bear Creek Amazon.ca Wish List!

November 12, 2018

Gorgeous lion Bwana enjoying some late October sunshine. Bwana's roomate is Amur (Siberian) tiger Kaya. They've been together since they were tiny!

October 31, 2018

It's Wolf Wednesday! Nequa's winter coat is coming in beautifully!

October 20, 2018

New video posted on our You Tube channel! Timber or grey wolf Lady Raven has a great personality
and loves to play. Go see!

October 19, 2018

It's Fang Friday! Meet Sierrah, gorgeous girl cougar, and her magnificent fangs!
(This is also a friendly reminder that cougars don't make good pets. This is only one reason why.)

October 8, 2018

September 29, 2018

Do you need something to do on this beautiful fall day? If you have (or know of) apple or pear trees, our bears Edna, Baloo and BooBoo LOVE apples and pears! So do our lemurs, monkeys, raccoons and wolves! Yes, wolves, like all dogs, are omnivorous and love apples! So go enjoy the gorgeous weather and pick a couple of buckets of crunchy snacks for our animal kids! PEARS FOR BEARS!

September 29, 2018

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY from all of us at Bear Creek to volunteer Beth Boddy! We hope you
have a wonderful day today!

September 22, 2018

New video posted for CATURDAY on our You Tube channel! Visit Bob T Catt on
a beautiful afternoon. Background music provided by his neighbours Nequa (wolf), Tsunami (jaglion)
and Lola (lion). Turn your sound up! GO SEE!

September 18, 2018

Hi all! Sorry we've been offline for a while. Here's Edna bear from last week on her favourite
log. Edna is a North American black bear.

September 3, 2018

Happy Labour Day to all of our Canadian and American friends! Grey wolf Chloe says her favourite
Labour Day activity is napping. Have a safe and happy holiday!

August 24, 2018

It's Fox Friday! Presenting the Many Faces of Hunter, our fennec fox! Fennec foxes are the smallest wild
canids (dogs) in the world. (Timber wolves are the largest). Hunter came to us as a pet confiscation and he
was in pretty rough shape. He had some severe thermal burns and 3 broken vertebrae in his tail. We treated
his burns (Thank you Dr. Cathy Emms!) His tail fractures are old and are untreatable, but don't bother him any. Hunter is a happy, curious, funny little guy!

Hunter will sing you the song of his people! LOUDLY!

He is an adorable boy.
He's kind of sleepy. And time for a scratch and a nap.

Hunter is really tiny, smaller than most house cats.

August 15, 2018

It's (W)Hoolia Wednesday! Hoolia is a great horned owl. When she first came to us we were told she was a male, so we named her Hoolio. About 10 years later she laid an egg! (oops) So goodbye Hoolio, hello Hoolia! Hoolia is at least 35 years old, she may be as old as 43.

August 8, 2018

It's Internationall Cat Day! Diablo says black cats are the best cats!

August 6, 2018

It's Monkey Monday! This is Quiko, our doiracoli (owl) monkey. He is really tiny, but long and skinny. Quiko is
pretty shy, but is also super curious! Douracoli are native to South America.

August 2, 2018

Jahzara, jaglion, from July 28, 2018.

July 29, 2018

Today is International Tiger Day. While the population numbers from 2016 (most recent) are encouraging,
all species of tigers are endangered. Wild tiger population worldwide in 2016 was counted at 3,890, up from
3,200 in 2010. However. the worldwide population of tigers in 1900 was between 100,000 and 150,000. We
have a lot of work to do in tiger conservation. So from the Bear Creek tigers, Kyra, Ussuri, Tessa, Sasha,
Nadezdha, Kaya and Kamen, and all of us at the Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, PLEASE support the Endangered Species Act to keep tigers protected and tiger conservation agencies everywhere.
(Tiger population numbers from the World Wildlife Fund).

July 28, 2018

IT'S CATURDAY! This one of our female servals, Cassie. Cassie had escaped from her owner several times
and was subsequently confiscated and brought to Bear Creek. We are now her forever home. She is
in her outdoor enclosure and is adjusting very welll!

July 17, 2018

Are your dogs shedding? Because all of our dogs (coyotes like Alma, and wolves) are SHEDDING!

July 14, 2018

When fennec fox Hunter come to us (he was a confiscation) he was in pretty rough shape. He had several new burn injuries and three old fractures in his tail. After being evaluated by our veterinarian Dr. Cathy Emms it was determined that his burns would heal but there was nothing we could (or should) do for his tail. He recovered quickly and completely. Last week, for the first time since he came to us, Hunter got to go outside! He is in his new summer enclosure and is a very happy boy! Hunter will come inside during the winter.

Hunter when he first came to us, right after he saw Dr. Emms

Hunter last week in his new outside enclosure!
Photo courtesy of Alanna Davis

July 11, 2018

Did you know there's no such thing as a black panther? All melanistic (black) big cats are either leopards
or jaguars. Diablo is a melanistic (black) jaguar. He is missing the gene that makes most jaguars orange with rosettes. Diablo does still have rosettes, but you can only see them in direct sunlight. Diablo's daughter,
Jahzara, is melanistic too. Diablo is 17 years old and has been with us since he was a tiny baby. He was a zoo surplus animal, and will spend the rest of his life with us.

July 9, 2018

Thinking back to cooler days in May, here's Amur (Siberian) tiger Ussuri. Ussuri has a HUGE personality
and is always looking for something to get into. He is a ton of fun! Here is Ussuri's gallery page.
(BABY PICTURES! Ussuri is 16 years old now.)

July 1, 2018


We are so grateful to live in our country, the country that allows us to continue this important
work - rescuing animals at risk. THANK YOU CANADA!

July 1, 2018

Happy Canada Day to all of our Canadian friends! Please remember to make sure your pets are safe and comfortable during celebrations and fireworks tonight and tomorrow - these tips can help!

June 29, 2018

It is going to be HOT HOT HOT in Ontario this long weekend, please provide fresh water
for wild guys: Birds, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, bunnies, etc.

June 3, 2018

Thank you for being such a strong friend.

2003 - 2018

May 30, 2018

It is HOT AND DRY in our area and doesn't look like it's going to rain any time soon. Please provide a source
(or several sources) of fresh water for all the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, bunnies, bees and all the
other wild critters outside! Change the water often to avoid mosquitoes and algae growth. Thank you!

May 26, 2018

It's Caturday! African lion Bwana a couple a weeks ago soaking up the sunshine. Two years ago Bwana had to have emergency spay surgery at the University of Guelph for a condition called pyometra. Bwana was really sick but her veterinary team at UG were SUPERSTARS and now she's perfect!

May 22, 2018

We've been seeing a lot of local video of black bears in Simcoe County in the last few days. Bears are active, moving and hungry right now. Do you know what to do if you encounter a bear? First, DO NOT APPROACH BEARS! You could get them killed. Second, DON'T PANIC. Speak in a calm voice and make sure
the bear has an escape route. Here's some really good information about what to do during a bear encounter.

May 15, 2018

Thank You Mike and Tire Depot for donating 4 brand new Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac Tires to the
sanctuary truck. We travel great distances to pick up our carnivore food and winters will be safe driving now.

May 12, 2018

It's Caturday! Melanistic (black) jaguar Diablo soaking up some sun on this BEAUTIFUL day!

May 7, 2018

There's new video posted on our You Tube channel! Black bear Baloo has learned a
new skill with his tire swing! GO SEE!

May 4, 2018

It's Fang Friday! Meet Amur (Siberian) tigers Tessa (and Ussuri in the background). Tessa isn't snarling, she is making a gesture called flehming. She is tasting the air to identify a scent. Little cats do that too! 2 years ago yesterday Tessa had emergency spay surgery for a condition called pyometra. It was scary but she's fine now!

May 2, 2018

It's Wolf Wednesday! We caught timber or grey wolf Nequa napping last week. It was a warm
spring day and there was a lot of napping going on!

April 29, 2018

Cassie, from April 24, 2018

April 27, 2018

Beautiful African lion Nala from earlier this week. Nala is 21 years old.

Photo courtesy of Mary Sever

April 27, 2018

We have actual wild wildlife too!

April 24, 2018

Jaguar Diablo relaxing today. Diablo is a melanistic jaguar, which means he lacks the gene that makes most jaguars gold. Diablo does have rosettes, but you can't see them unless he's in direct sunlight. Diablo is 17 years old. Go see Diablo's gallery page for more photos!

April 21, 2018

New video postsed on our You Tube Channel! Logo tiger Nadezdha demonstrating chuffing, a tiger greeting.
We are, of course, expected to chuff back, it would be rude not to! GO SEE!

April 18, 2018

It's Wolf Wednesday! Meet Chloe, one of our beautiful wolves! Chloe isn't an Arctic wolf, she is a grey (timber)
wolf who happens to be white. Chloe is missing a front leg from an accident when she was a puppy, but it
doesn't slow her down any. She is a very sweet girl and is (obviously) very beautiful.

April 17, 2018

It's Tiger Tuesday! Meet Kamen, one of our magnificient Amur (Siberian) tigers! Kamen is
VERY vocal, here's a link to our You Tube channel video of Kamen chuffing and mooing.
(Video is from 2012 and is very low resolution, sorry for the poor quality).

April 14, 2018

Baloo bear is awake! (Although he may take one look at today's weather and go back to bed.) That means
wild bears are awake too, so keep an eye out while driving or walking in the woods!

April 12, 2018

Did you know we have an Amazon.ca Wish List? We list things we need to take care of our rescues and our permanent resident animals. It's a great program, we list stuff we need, you go shopping for us, and they deliver right to our door!

It's infant animal season now and we have listed some things that we really need, like baby bottle nursing kits, heating pads and housing needs. If you can help this is a great way to do it! Please check out our Wish List!

April 11, 2018

We don't usually dumpster dive, but last night we got a call from Kim who heard a raccoon in a garbage bin
just outside her workplace. So off to the rescue went Mary Jr, Alanna and Lori. The poor guy was not in there for more than a day, so after a quick rescue and not too stressful exam he went back into the nearby forest!
(Release video posted on our Facebook page). As for the ladies, straight into the shower when they got home.

April 9, 2018

We are happy to announce that this week we welcomed a new member to the Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary’s feline family. You may have seen her in the news recently. Cassie the 3 year old African Serval
has been surrendered to be placed at Bear Creek by her owner after her third escape from her former home.
African Servals are undomesticated wild cats that are not permitted to be kept as pets in most municipalities. Since Cassie has been accustomed to living indoors, she will remain indoors at Bear Creek until the weather
gets warmer. She is currently settling in nicely, eating her usual raw diet well and exploring her new surroundings. Meantime, we have found the perfect spot on our large property to build her new home. Cassie’s new enclosure will be located near our 14 year old resident Serval Faraa who has lived and thrived at Bear Creek since she was a tiny kitten. When the weather improves, Cassie will be introduced to a spacious and natural environment complete with trees, grasses, shrubs, real earth and sky. Cassie will be able to see several of our other animals (from a stress-free distance). She will also have all the privacy she needs with a cozy, warm house and many trees to scratch, climb or hide behind. The natural elements and ample space in her new home will indulge and satisfy her natural behaviours of climbing, stalking, hunting, chasing and playing. Our dedicated volunteers and employees will provide expert and loving care, meeting all her nutritional, medical and social needs. We are very happy to welcome Cassie to our Sanctuary and look forward to providing everything she needs to live a long and fulfilled life.

Cassie at Bear Creek on April 10, 2018

Happy 12th Birthday to our beautiful jaglions!
Jahzara (melanistic, female) and Tsunami (Gold, male).
To read their whole story please go see their gallery pages.

Jahzara (left) & Tsunami (right) with volunteer Tiory

Jahzara (left) and Tsunami (right)
Photo courtesys of Alanna Davis

March 28, 2018

Thank you so much for your billions of hours of hard work taking care of the animals
and taking care of all of us! We couldn't do it without you...

March 27, 2018

We are now booking tours for the 2018 tour season! BOOK SOON! We were fully booked by
April of last year. June 2018 is fully booked now. See our Tours Page for details about tours.

March 17, 2018

Happy 20th birthday to our handsome wonderful ring tailed lemur Patrick! Patti is a long time resident at
Bear Creek and spent the day with his favourite person Beth! Beth has kindly made donations to help support
Patti and in spider monkey Priscilla's name. Thank you Beth!

Hey Black Panther movie fans, did you know we have a wolf named Wakanda?
We named her when she was a puppy in 2007.
Go see the "puppies gallery"!

Photo courtesy of Alanna Davis

February 27, 2018

Today we commemorate and celebrate a truly unique relationship between one of our long time
friends and benefactors, Nequa CrowDog, and "his" wolf Nequa (who we named after CrowDog). From the moment they met in 2007 there was a special bond between them. When Donna and CrowDog came to visit
Bear Creek from Wisconsin every year, CrowDog would sit outside the wolf enclosure and Nequa wouldn't
let any of his wolf siblings approach the fence. Nequa always wanted CrowDog all to himself. We don't know
what they discussed in their long talks, they spoke in Oglala. We never will know, because
CrowDog passed away this week. We miss him terribly and want Donna to know that she is
always welcome here at Bear Creek Sanctuary to visit "her" wolf Nequa, (and us, of course).

Rest in peace, warrior, poet, most kind and wonderful man. It isn't going to be the same here.

CrowDog with Nequa

CrowDog with Nequa

CrowDog with one of our coyote pups.

With coyote pup.

Baby Nequa

Mary, Werner, Andrzej, CrowDog and
his beloved Donna

February 27, 2018

Our sweet Priscilla. You came into our lives to live in your forever home, with your new forever family.
You were 31 years old at the time. Already frail and with a few battle wounds, you allowed us to heal them
for you, as we watched you grow younger. A beautiful girl with a beautiful heart. You gave us hugs, kisses,
pats on our backs and held our hands.

To everyone who met Priscilla, you know she loved all men. She was a big flirt. No man could
pass her without a hug, and those who got one would not forget it.

Priscilla, thank you for every moment of joy. Thank you for all the smiles you put on so many faces.
Thank you for letting us watch you grow old and frail again. Thank you for letting us know you were ready
to leave us. You are needed somewhere else now. And as you said your goodbye, thank you for allowing us
to hold you, kiss you, pat your back and hold your hands as we let you go.

Our sweet little Priscilla. Find your friends and be young again!


Photo courtesy of Mary Sever

Photo courtesy of Mary Sever

Photo courtesy of Mary Sever


Bear Creek Exotic Widlife Sanctuary is celebraing its 29th anniversary in 2018! Thank you, Warner Ebner and Mary Barros, for the countless hours of love and hard work you've given us so that we can be happy, healthy and safe. We love you! From all of your furry and feathered kids...

Boo Boo

January 10, 2018

It's Wolf Wednesday! Well, sort of. This is Huck, a red fox. (His species is red fox, his colour is sapphire).
Huck and his brother Ffinn were rescued from a fur farm and are much happier at Bear Creek!

November 14, 2017

Beautiful timber (grey) wolf Chloe relaxing last week. Chloe lost a front leg when she was a tiny pup. She
recently had surgery to clean up the original injury and she's doing beautifully! She has no trouble getting around.
Go see Chloe's Gallery Page!

November 13, 2017

New video posted on our You Tube channel! BooBoo bear is getting ready for her winter nap by doing
some power eating. Check out how she eats peanuts! Go see!

November 8, 2017

Timber (grey) wolf Nequa gets the MOST beautiful winter coat of all the Bear Creek wolves!

November 5, 2017

New video posted on our You Tube channel! Like most animals sanctuaries and zoos we give our
animals pumpkins to play with this time of year. (Thank you Barrie Hill Farms!) Please enjoy our video
"Big Cats (Mostly) Ignore Pumpkins". A couple of notes, the video is about 13 minjtes long, and
please excuse our mud. It has rained every day for WEEKS here. Our animals all have warm
houses with dry straw and platforms for them to escape the mud.

October 30, 2017

New video posted on our You Tube channel! Timber wolf (also known as grey wolf) Lady Raven playing
on a cool day in October. Our wolves love cooler weather and snow! Go see!

August 16, 2017

We've gone batty! Recently we added 17 Ruwenzori long haired fruit bats to our family! They're adorable!
In the wild they occur in central and east Africa. (It's normal for them to huddle like this). They eat only
fruits and vegetables. Video posted on our You Tube channel - go see!

July 9, 2017

We had an amazing day yesterday. A wonderful tour with amazing and fun people. At the end of the
day we received a call from a gentleman named Ian. He was walking along Huronia Rd. in Barrie when
he came across an adult beaver that had been caught in a snare, attached to a tree log in the water.
Beaver was hanging on to farm fence to stay afloat. We arrived to find him struggling with his head above
the water. The snare was around his waist and would tighten as he turned. If he let go of the farm fence, he
would go under with the log. Not sure why this was left there. Misha and Tiory cut away the remainder of the
snares and we brought them back with us. Beaver was quite happy once freed and hung around for a bit
grooming himself. Wonderful ending to the day! Thank you Little Mary, Tiory, Misha and the wonderful
gentleman Ian, who stayed with beaver until we arrived.

This is how we found him. If he let go of the farm fence the log he was attached to (under water) would sink and he'd go with it.

Tiory and Misha destroy the other snares on the log.

Tiory, Misha and Mary collecting snares.

He didn't seem to have any serious damage.

There were probably 20 more snares.

May 18, 2017

Recently we noticed that Hoolia, our 37 year old great horned owl, had some minor lacerations on her feet. So we took her to see Dr Emms at Ivy Veterinary Services to have her checked out. She's fine, she just needs some antibiotics and to be confined for a bit. (For medication and observation). While she was there we figured we'd do some films to make sure nothing else was going on. She was SO GOOD! Dr. Emms put her down on the table and she sat completely still with NO SEDATION! Films were all clear. We are so grateful to Dr. Emms (again!)

Hoolia being SUCH a good girl for Dr. Emms!

April 18, 2017

One year ago today our beautiful Siberian tiger Tessa was on her way to surgery for pyometra, (infected uterus). This is what we posted after her surgery:

April 19, 2016

All of us at Bear Creek Sanctuary, would like to give a most sincere and grateful thank you to the following extraordinary group of people..... Dr. Cathy Emms, our family veterinary who originally started to treat and
then diagnosed Tessa. Dr. Emms then contacted the next group of extraordinary people at the
Ontario Veterinary College Surgery Team in Guelph..... Surgeons - Dr. Ameet Singh (faculty),
Dr. Katie Hoddinott (resident), Dr. Jacqueline Scott (resident), and Dr. Shannon Wainberg (Intern). Anesthesiologist's - Dr. Alex Velvarde and Dr. Ben Liao. Exotic Medicine Dr. Dale Smith.
We would also like to thank Rae-Lee,our contact person at OVC, for assisting us through this time.
Here are a few photos from the surgery room.
Have a wonderful day everyone!

These people saved Tessa's life! She recovered beautifully and recently celebrated her 20th birthday!
Without the support of these people and all of the people who donated money to help us with her veterinary
bills she wouldn't still be with us today. And she is! Still bossing giant Ussur around every day...
thank you all so much!

February 14, 2017

If you were watching the Barrie news tonight you would have seen a story about Mary Jr. saving
a man's life in a Zehr's grocery store last month. Lloyd had a heart attack in line in front of Mary and she
and nurse Teresa did CPR until the EMTs were able to transport Lloyd to RVH. But wait, there's more!
Lloyd was transferred to the hospital in Newmarket for his heart surgery where Mary Jr works as a
phlebotomist so they got to have a reunion there in the hospital! WAY TO GO HERO MARY JR!
We are so proud of you!

Mary Jr, Lloyd, and Teresa

July 4, 2016

Little Mango monkey (who we rescued after she escaped during Canada Day fireworks) is going to go live
at the Elmvale Zoo! It's a perfect place for her, she will have other capuchin monkeys to live with!

We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that MONKEYS ARE NOT GOOD PETS. And
to PLEASE keep your pets safe and secure during holiday celebrations. These ownsers are doing the
right thing for little Mango.

July 3, 2016

Mary and Alanna were called by the South Simcoe Police Services to help capture an escaped capuchin
monkey in Alcona today. Princess (Mango) was frightened by Canada Day fireworks and managed to escape.
She was very scared, but Mary and Alanna managed to settle her and lure her home to her owners.

We would like to take this opportunity to say once again that exotic animals DO NOT MAKE GOOD PETS,
and to PLEASE make sure your animals, all animals, are safe and secure during holiday celebrations. This
story had a happy ending, but many of them don't. Often the animals end up paying the price.

Your Pets' Ten Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends,
your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.
Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. ALWAYS!


The above article was written by ©Stan Rawlinson (The Original Doglistener).
A professional full time Dog Behaviourist and Obedience Trainer.
You can visit his website at www.doglistener.co.uk for more articles and training information.

Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary has always lived by these rules. But we've never seen them written so well.
Please, take care of your animals the way we take care of ours. Read this, know this, do this.