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Orphan Grizzly Cubs Find New Home Thanks to Land Trust

The Vital Ground Foundation and a trio of orphaned grizzly cubs got a little help from some friends last week when Vital Ground’s board chairman helped facilitate placement of the cubs to a zoo in Quebec, Canada. Vital Ground released the good news on July 5 as timing was running out for the cubs, whose mother was killed by a motor vehicle in early June. Vital Ground board chair Stuart Strahl, who also serves as president and CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society, had posted the cubs’ need to a bear-themed message board on the website of the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums. As a result of that post, the cubs will soon be living in Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Felicien in Quebec, which features large native habitats and only houses animals indigenous to Earth’s northern boreal regions. Located in a small town more than 200 miles north of Montreal, the regionally-acclaimed zoo’s name translates as “Wild Zoo of Saint-Felicien.”

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