Grand Opening of Kodiak Island – Land of Giants, the only facility outside of Kodiak, Alaska with Kodiak
Monday 21, May 2012
Just before midsummer, the Grand Opening of a unique facility for Kodiak Bears in Orsa Bear Park, Kodiak Island – Land of Giants will take place. Kodiak bears are the world's largest land living carnivores and for the first time in at least 35 years, Kodiak Bears will be leaving Kodiak Island. Orsa Bear Park is located in Orsa, Sweden.
The Kodiak is the world's largest land living carnivore and it is an unique event that Orsa Bear Park will be receiving two Kodiak bears as there are only 3000 individuals in the wild and they are not permitted to leave Kodiak Island. Several years of collaboration between Orsa Bear Park and Alaskan authorities has resulted with Orsa Bear Park being the only facility in the world that has been approved to receive the giant bear. The opportunity arose when two motherless Kodiak bear cubs where found in various locations on Kodiak Island in January 2011. Instead of euthanizing the cubs, a decision was made to send the cubs to Orsa Bear Park. The Alaskan authorities were impressed with the high standards held by the facility in Orsa, Sweden.
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