St. Louis Zoo grizzly bear exhibit to open in September
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Zoo officials said a new $11-million grizzly bear exhibit is expected to open in September.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2nmFSsu ) reported two young grizzlies housed at a Montana zoo will be brought to the new Grizzly Ridge exhibit in St. Louis this summer and acclimate there with the windows covered before they are unveiled.
The bears — a male named Huckleberry and a female named Finley — each are younger than 2 years old and were orphaned in Montana last year when state wildlife officials there killed their mother.
The St. Louis zoo hasn't had grizzly bears since March 2015, when 25-year-old male grizzly Bert died after residing at the zoo since 1991.
There are about 1,500 grizzly bears in the wild in the continental United States.
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