Two orphaned grizzly bear cubs bound for the Saint Louis Zoo are making a temporary home at ZooMontana, where they will receive care until Saint Louis Zoo’s new Grizzly Ridge habitat is complete in mid-2017.
Grizzly Ridge will be a reconstruction of the Saint Louis Zoo’s 1920s-era bear grottos. A floor-to-ceiling viewing area will enable visitors to watch the grizzly bears as they play in the habitat’s waterfalls, pools and rocky bluffs.
The sibling cubs, now nine to 10 months old, were captured in northwestern Montana when their mother was removed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Service after repeated incidents of killing domestic animals and climbing onto porches.
ZooMontana selected potential names for the male bear and invited Montana residents to vote for their favorite, while the Saint Louis Zoo chose potential names for the female cub and asked St. Louisans to vote for their favorite female name. Saint Louis Zoo announced Oct. 7 that Huckleberry (Huck) was chosen as the name for the male cub, in honor of the huckleberry, a fruit used in many Montana-made products. Finley was chosen as the name for the female cub, a nod to Huckleberry Finn.