A "Keeper" is an animal caretaker. Keepers take care of the everyday needs of the animal(s) in their care. At Hollywild, they feed, clean habitats, monitor the health and well-being of the animals, and play with the animals and provide enrichment for them in the form of special treats, toys, or activities that stimulate their minds. With our Keeper's Notes below, you'll learn more
about the behind-the-scenes care of the special animals who call Hollywild Animal Park home. If you have a question you'd like answered by our keepers, you may email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to answer it in upcoming posts!
Tuesday- Our bears sure have been enjoying the cooler weather! Even with the rains they still love to play in their pools, splashing around just like children. We have appreciated calls from people watching our bears. It is lovely to know you are watching them. Don't forget, if you have any questions you'd like answered here, email your question to email@example.com!
Monday - We're happy to say we're back in action again! Our camera is working and you'll be able to see the bears in action today! Even with all the rain we've had, they still love to play in their pools.
Friday - Thank you for coming to see our bears at play. We're sorry you can't see them! We are experiencing technical problems. Please check back with us as believe we've identified the problem and are working to get it fixed as quickly as possible. Please stay tuned! We'll also be sure to post to our facebook page when the camera is up and live again! In the meantime, remember our admissions gate is open 9AM - 4PM weekdays and 10 AM - 5PM weekends - when you come for a visit you can see all of our exciting animals -live!
Wednesday- Are you enjoying the fruits of summer? So are our bears! In these days when watermelon are plentiful, our bears have even more fun with them than you do. Putting whole watermelons or large chunks of sweet fruit into the bear habitats provides more than just a snack. It's called enrichment for the bears, too. They can dig into the melons and pull on the rind to get at the sweet flesh and seeds inside. Having the challenge of getting to the 'good' inside stimulates their minds. Seasonal fruits make great food for both mind and body for our bear friends.
Tuesday- Thank you for asking about the rods and wires that have been put up on the bear habitat behind the upper pool and waterfall. Some additional construction is taking place on the back side of the habitat. While this is in process, a temporary fence has been put in place to keep the bears from climing down the back side of their mountain. This keeps everyone safe. The bears can continue to play in their pools during these summer days while the area is updated.
Wednesday- It's a lazy day here at the Park, our bears are strolling around and enjoying their comfortable living room. Ramses, our male Syrian brown bear is the one most likely to be showing off for our on-site visitors. We've even seen him sit up and wave his arms at us clearly hamming it up. It's quite likely that our crowds remind him of his days in a traveling bear show.
Friday- It appears that Ramses is encouraging Giza to enjoy a day at the Hollywild Spa as this Mother's Day weekend begins! And he's joining her! We love watching these bears enjoy time in the pools built just for their fun. Happy Mother's Day everyone!
Thursday- Giza and Ramses, two Syrian Brown bears, are enjoying their spa-like environment. It's been fun to watch them lounge in the water and recently we saw Ramses soaking then cleaning his feet in the water. Who'd have guessed that male bears like a pedicure! And, in case you were wondering, the limb that's been leafing out in front of our cam will be trimmed today!
This morning you are seeing our 15 month old cubs, Amalia, Samra, and Malica at play. These girls love to romp in the water and climb the rocks. They are now about 120 lbs each and growing fast which gives them their 'gangly, lanky' and some would say "awkward adolescent" look. For bears, this stage lasts several years until they start filling out in adulthood. Giza, the cubs' mother, is well over 500 lbs and their dad, Ramses, tops out over 800 lbs according to keeper estimates. As the day progresses and the bears rotate in and out, you'll be able to see them too and notice the differences!
Welcome to Eyes on Hollywild! Today you are looking at one of our bear habitats, but more importantly, you are meeting our three 15 month old Syrian brown bears.The girls are named Amalia Nur, Malica Ishtar, and Samra’ May, in honor of their Syrian heritage. Not yet adults, we know they still don't quite look like cubs either as they each now weigh about 120 lbs! Their sister, Syriana Nyeff is only three months old and weighs less than 20 lbs.She is too young to join her sisters just yet but will be meeting visitors to the park during Creature Feature Programs. In coming weeks you will be able to see the triplets or their parents (dad Ramses, mom Giza (each about 400 lbs)) or their distant 'cousin' Honey Bear, a Grizzly. But today, watch our girls as they play together, splash in the pools, climb the rocks, and explore their fun 'living room.' . . Can you start to see their individual personalities? We are pleased to invite you to meet these ladies and hope you'll visit us often to spend time with our exciting Hollywild family members!.