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: happenings@hollywild.com and we'll do our best to answer it in upcoming posts!

Winter is in the Air! Some have been asking about our bears and what happens to them in the winter.

Note: Visitors cannot see our bears in person during this, our Holiday Lights Safari Benefit Season when we are only open in the evenings for our drive-thru lights event, so Eyes on Hollywild is a good way to stay in touch with our bears during the winter months.

But about that thing called hibernation....

It's a curious thing and not at all like the children's stories we read about bears sleeping all winter in their dens with their big fluffy beds night caps on! In the wild, and in the winter, bears' body systems slow down to conserve energy during what is naturaly a 'lean' time for nutritional resources. In fact, some bears can go 100 days without eating, drinking, or passing waste while in their winter denning period. But here, because they are fed throughout the year and do not have to rely upon foraging enough to build up their fat stores for winter survival, you will see our bears active during the winter months. Their instinctive behaviors, such as eating more during the fall and packing on pounds do happen, but not as dramatically as in the wild. Rather than having to rely upon their stored resources for energy, they know they will be fed and enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables their keepers bring them.

Welcome to Eyes on Hollywild! Today you are looking at one of our bear "living rooms." We have several bear bedrooms that connect to this livingroom/playroom area. The bears of varying ages rotate in and out of the playroom to enjoy climing, playing in the pools, chasing each other in play, and for general stimulation. You may see Ramses, an adult Syrian brown bear (these are extinct in the wild,) Honey, a grizzly bear; habitats, triplet Syrian sisters Amalia, Malica, and their younger sister Syriana Nyeff, affectionately called "Siri." We are pleased to invite you to meet these bears. Please come back often to watch them at play and get to know their unique personalities. Better yet, we hope you'll visit us often to spend time with all our exciting Hollywild family members!.





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