Learn more about our youngest animals here at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
The Zoo is now home to two young American black bears found orphaned in Montana and Florida. The small and spirited females have made themselves at home in the black bear exhibit in the Zoo's Florida Wildlife Center.
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks retrieved the first cub in spring of 2012 when she was found alone and demonstrated human habituated behavior (handled by humans). She was cared for at the Wildlife Center of Montana prior to the decision to place her with Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. She was named "Blossom" after the Florida state flower, the orange blossom. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission retrieved the second cub in December after she was observed in locations and situations that presented a risk. She was cared for in Homosassa prior to the decision to place her at the Zoo. She has been named "Newberry."
Wild born cubs will stay with their mother for a year and a half. Both bears are estimated to be yearlings (between one and two years of age) and are extremely curious with a passion for climbing. They will share the exhibit with adult male black bear "Sammy," who has not yet been introduced.