Introducing the Museum's New Black Bear Cub!

Background Information

Meet the museum's newest resident and watch her grow. This 11-month old, female cub, was rescued in Payson, Arizona at 5 months of age in August 2014. She was found with a broken leg which might have been caused by a passing motor vehicle. Unable to be released back into the wild, her adoption by the Desert Museum was coordinated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Come out and watch as her personality reveals itself. Will she be shy? Will she be curious? Will she be playful? One of her favorite activities is lounging in a pool so it's a sure bet she'll be thrilled by the pool and waterfall in her new home in the Mountain Woodland area of the museum. Experience her youthful antics as she explores and discovers the best play areas in her new home. Black bears are known for their natural curiosity so she'll be checking you out too!

What's in a Name?

My name is Strawberry!

This name was selected by voting fans. Did you know I was rescued near Strawberry, Arizona?

The names 'Ursula', 'Strawberry' and 'Judumi' were selected by the staff of the Mammalogy & Ornithology Department, and follow the Museum's tradition of selecting names that are particular to the Sonoran Desert region, or are related to the scientific name for animals.

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Bear Rescue Facts

FoundAugust 24, 2014 in Payson, AZ
Age When FoundApproximately five months
InjuriesBroken left front leg
Rescue Weight20 lbs.
Favorite FoodPeanut Butter
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