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Celebrate cub Henry at Folsom Zoo’s Bear Day

By March 30, 2011

FOLSOM Zoo's youngest bear will make his debut on Bear Day. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM Zoo's youngest bear will make his debut on Bear Day, April 16. Courtesy photo

Meet the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary’s 1-year-old bear cub Henry when the zoo celebrates Bear Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

That’s the day Henry officially moves into the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary’s public Black Bear exhibit one.

Henry’s new home has trees to climb, a large cave, a sunning rock and big pool to cool down on warm days. The zoo’s four adult black bears — Woody, Marty, Tahoe and Sequoia — reside in two adjacent exhibits.

“In addition to meeting Henry, Bear Day visitors can match kid paw prints with bear prints and put together treat bags for zoo bears,” said Zoo Sanctuary Manager Jocelyn Smeltzer. “We’ll also teach camping safety and tips for living safely in bear country. Our bear keepers will share stories and information. Those who donate to the Friends of the Folsom Zoo Bear Enrichment Fund will take home a fuzzy Teddy Bear.”

Henry arrived at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary last September, after he and his mother were found foraging for food at campgrounds. His mother was euthanized for displaying dangerous behavior. Henry was rescued and brought to the zoo sanctuary where he will live out his life in safety.

“Henry was very shy when he first arrived, but quickly gained confidence with the zookeepers,” said Smeltzer. “On a recent sunny afternoon he was seen splashing in his pool and climbing a 10-foot fence. He’s strong and healthy.”

The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, which opened in 1963, provides sanctuary to animals injured or orphaned in the wild, or raised and rejected as wild pets. The educational focus of the sanctuary provides a unique learning experience while also promoting responsible and appropriate behavior toward all animals.

Located in Folsom City Lions Park at Natoma and Stafford streets, the zoo is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am. to 4 p.m.  Call (916) 351-3527 for more information.

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