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was probably orphaned when about 2 months old in 2003. He arrived at
the zoo in September 2006. He is still growing but currently is about 6
ft. tall and weighs nearly 400 lbs.
Josie, DJ’s former cagemate passed away in early summer of 2010 due to a degenerative spinal condition. She was 22 years old.
and Yonah, two female cubs arrived in the spring of 2010. These
orphaned cubs were found in Stephens County, Georgia after their mother
had been killed by poachers. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources
contacted the zoo about the possibility of placing them at Bear Hollow
due to the fact that they are imprinted and non-releasable due to being
orphaned at such a young age. Originally, the bear cubs were housed in
the former river otter exhibit near the front of the zoo (which is now
the Beaver exhibit!), but they moved to the existing black bear exhibit
with DJ once renovations were completed. Pictured right is a now adult
Athena showing off the white patch on her chest, which is easily the
best way to identify her as opposed to her sister Yonah.
Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
female, Danielle, was born in captivity in 1992. She arrived at Bear
Hollow in 1996 from Heritage Zoo in Grand Island, Nebraska. The other
female, Katie, came from the Ellijay Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary
in 2006. She was born in 2002.
These girls are getting a
little older, but we hope that we'll have them around for quite a while
still. Even though Danielle is already over 20 years old, bobcats in
captivity have been known to live as long as 32 years. These ladies are
still crowd favorites and seem to be enjoying their golden years so be
sure to come see them!
North American Beavers (Castor canadensis)
Hollow Zoo is home to three North American Beavers: Cypress, Cedar and
Birch (two females and one male). They were found at a very young age,
having been orphaned, and were rescued and taken to The Parks at
Cheehaw, a wonderful zoo in Albany, GA. There they were used as program
animals until they began to get too large. They came to live here at
Bear Hollow Zoo as young adults weighing approximately 15 pounds on
November 10, 2012.
you visit their exhibit, you'll notice that things are always changing.
The phrase "busy as beavers" fits these siblings perfectly. They are
constantly looking for ways to enhance their exhibit much to the delight of
their keepers! Beavers are second only to humans in their ability to
modify their environment to suit their purposes, so be sure to stop by
often to see what they'll be up to next!
White-tail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
was born in the spring of 2005 and was soon orphaned. She was raised on
a bottle for awhile in someone’s living room before going to a
rehabilitator and then coming to the Zoo.
deer played an integral role in the history of Bear Hollow Zoo. At one
time, this site was used to raise white-tail deer to be released in the
area, as they were actually in danger of being wiped out from the State
of Georgia. During this endeavor, the University of Georgia developed
the first dart gun, which is now used throughout the world as often the
safest means of tranquilizing wild animals.
Woodchuck (Marmota monax)
a male woodchuck, arrived in June 2007. He was born in captivity on
April 12, 2007. He initially was kept in the window of the Exhibit
is currently in a temporary exhibit while a new enclosure for him is
constructed. His new exhibit will be sited at the top of the hill
(above the entrance), and we need all of the support we can get to build
his new home. If you are interested in helping us raise funds for Gus'
new abode, please let us know!
Gus is also the star of our annual Groundhog Day Celebration. Be sure to come out every year to see what Gus predicts!!
Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginianus)
juvenile opossums are on display. They were orphaned when their mother
was hit by a car. The young were rescued by a local rehabilitator and
offered to Bear Hollow.
The larger opossum is the male. His name is Johnny Cash due to his dark fur.
The smaller of the two is his sister, Priscilla.
These mammals are off-exhibit and are used during our programs. So, if you come to our special events or visit the zoo on the weekends between 1pm and 4pm, you may get a chance to see or even touch one of them! They are also available for Birthday Parties at the Zoo.