American Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
  • DJ 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. 
  • Athena 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)
  • One 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)
  • Bear Hollow Zoo is home to a North American Beaver named Beech. She was found at a very young age, having been orphaned, and was rescued and taken to The Parks at Cheehaw, a wonderful zoo in Albany, GA.  There she was used as a program animal until she began to get too large.  She came to live here at Bear Hollow Zoo as a young adult weighing approximately 15 pounds on November 10, 2012.
  • When you visit her exhibit, you'll notice that things are always changing.  The phrase "busy as beavers" fits these animals perfectly.  She is constantly looking for ways to enhance her exhibit much to the delight of her 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 she'll be up to next!
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
  • Ginger was born in the spring of 2005 and was soon orphaned. She was raised on a bottle for awhile in someone‚Äôs living room before going to a rehabilitator and then coming to the Zoo.
  • Rocky was brought to the Zoo from the Department of Natural Resources, after also being kept as a pet. He arrived in June 2013.
  • White-tailed 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)
  • Gus, 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 Hall. 
  • Gus 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 virginiana)
  • We have two sibling opossums on exhibit. Brother and sister, they were orphaned as babies in the late spring of 2014. They had some minor injuries for our vets to treat. As they grew up in the hands of people, it became apparent that they would make excellent ambassadors for their species! We handle them often to keep them comfortable with people, and so that they can teach our visitors how lucky we are to have them around.  
  • Zoo visitors voted on their names at Zoo Day 2014 - Marcy (as in marsupial!) for the female, and Joey (as in baby marsupial!) for the male. 
baby opossums
Program Mammals
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.
  • Norwegian Fancy Rat