June 3, 2018
Thank you for being such a strong friend.
2003 - 2018
June 1, 2018
We have joined the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! You can help us win $10,000.
For every dollar donated to our charity through our canadahelps.org account during the month of
June we get one vote. If we get enough votes at the end of June we could win $10,000!
Get all the details: www.givingchallenge.ca
Make a donation:
In order to qualify for the contest, donations must be made through our canadahelps.org account
and must be made between June 1 and June 30, 2018. Each dollar donated counts for one vote!
Construction is never ending
This is about a quarter of our primate's breakfast every day
May 30, 2018
It is HOT AND DRY in our area and doesn't look like it's going to rain any time soon. Please provide a source
(or several sources) of fresh water for all the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, bunnies, bees and all the
other wild critters outside! Change the water often to avoid mosquitoes and algae growth. Thank you!
May 30, 2018
Sometime during the night of May 28 three animals were stolen from the Elmvale Jungle Zoo, in Springwater, Ontario, Canada. JC, a black and white ruffed lemur, Agnes, a year old baby gibbon, and Stanley, a very large (18") tortoise were stolen away in the night. Please share this story with your friends and please contact the agencies below with any information. Elmvale Jungle Zoo is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest or the return of their animals.
From Global News
Statement from Elmvale Jungle Zoo:
Any information please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the Huronia West Detachment
OPP at 1-888-310-1122. There will be a reward ($5000) from Elmvale Jungle Zoo for information leading to the
return of our animals or an arrest.
Elmvale Jungle Zoo Website
PLEASE HELP US BRING THESE ANIMALS HOME!
JC, black and white ruffed lemur
Agnes, baby gibbon
Stanley, large tortoise
May 26, 2018
It's Caturday! African lion Bwana a couple a weeks ago soaking up the sunshine. Two years ago Bwana had to have emergency spay surgery at the University of Guelph for a condition called pyometra. Bwana was really sick but her veterinary team at UG were SUPERSTARS and now she's perfect!
May 22, 2018
We've been seeing a lot of local video of black bears in Simcoe County in the last few days. Bears are active, moving and hungry right now. Do you know what to do if you encounter a bear? First, DO NOT APPROACH BEARS! You could get them killed. Second, DON'T PANIC. Speak in a calm voice and make sure
the bear has an escape route. Here's some really good information about what to do during a bear encounter.
May 12, 2018
It's Caturday! Melanistic (black) jaguar Diablo soaking up some sun on this BEAUTIFUL day!
May 7, 2018
There's new video posted on our You Tube channel! Black bear Baloo has learned a
new skill with his tire swing! GO SEE!
May 4, 2018
It's Fang Friday! Meet Amur (Siberian) tigers Tessa (and Ussuri in the background). Tessa isn't snarling, she is making a gesture called flehming. She is tasting the air to identify a scent. Little cats do that too! 2 years ago yesterday Tessa had emergency spay surgery for a condition called pyometra. It was scary but she's fine now!
May 2, 2018
It's Wolf Wednesday! We caught timber or grey wolf Nequa napping last week. It was a warm
spring day and there was a lot of napping going on!
April 29, 2018
Cassie, from April 24, 2018
April 27, 2018
Beautiful African lion Nala from earlier this week. Nala is 21 years old.
Photo courtesy of Mary Sever
April 27, 2018
We have actual wild wildlife too!
April 24, 2018
Jaguar Diablo relaxing today. Diablo is a melanistic jaguar, which means he lacks the gene that makes most jaguars gold. Diablo does have rosettes, but you can't see them unless he's in direct sunlight. Diablo is 17 years old. Go see Diablo's gallery page for more photos!
April 21, 2018
New video postsed on our You Tube Channel! Logo tiger Nadezdha demonstrating chuffing, a tiger greeting.
We are, of course, expected to chuff back, it would be rude not to! GO SEE!
April 18, 2018
It's Wolf Wednesday! Meet Chloe, one of our beautiful wolves! Chloe isn't an Arctic wolf, she is a grey (timber)
wolf who happens to be white. Chloe is missing a front leg from an accident when she was a puppy, but it
doesn't slow her down any. She is a very sweet girl and is (obviously) very beautiful.
April 17, 2018
It's Tiger Tuesday! Meet Kamen, one of our magnificient Amur (Siberian) tigers! Kamen is
VERY vocal, here's a link to our You Tube channel video of Kamen chuffing and mooing.
(Video is from 2012 and is very low resolution, sorry for the poor quality).
April 14, 2018
Baloo bear is awake! (Although he may take one look at today's weather and go back to bed.) That means
wild bears are awake too, so keep an eye out while driving or walking in the woods!
April 12, 2018
Did you know we have an Amazon.ca Wish List? We list things we need to take care of our rescues and our permanent resident animals. It's a great program, we list stuff we need, you go shopping for us, and they deliver right to our door!
It's infant animal season now and we have listed some things that we really need, like baby bottle nursing kits, heating pads and housing needs. If you can help this is a great way to do it! Please check out our Wish List!
April 11, 2018
We don't usually dumpster dive, but last night we got a call from Kim who heard a raccoon in a garbage bin
just outside her workplace.
So off to the rescue went Mary Jr, Alanna and Lori. The poor guy was not in there for more than a day, so after a quick rescue and not too stressful exam he went back into the nearby forest!
(Release video posted on our Facebook page). As for the ladies, straight into the shower when they got home.
April 9, 2016
We are happy to announce that this week we welcomed a new member to the Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary’s feline family. You may have seen her in the news recently. Cassie the 3 year old African Serval
has been surrendered to be placed at Bear Creek by her owner after her third escape from her former home.
African Servals are undomesticated wild cats that are not permitted to be kept as pets in most municipalities. Since Cassie has been accustomed to living indoors, she will remain indoors at Bear Creek until the weather
gets warmer. She is currently settling in nicely, eating her usual raw diet well and exploring her new surroundings. Meantime, we have found the perfect spot on our large property to build her new home. Cassie’s new enclosure will be located near our 14 year old resident Serval Faraa who has lived and thrived at Bear Creek since she was a tiny kitten. When the weather improves, Cassie will be introduced to a spacious and natural environment complete with trees, grasses, shrubs, real earth and sky. Cassie will be able to see several of our other animals (from a stress-free distance). She will also have all the privacy she needs with a cozy, warm house and many
trees to scratch, climb or hide behind. The natural elements and ample space in her new home will indulge
and satisfy her natural behaviours of climbing, stalking, hunting, chasing and playing. Our dedicated volunteers
and employees will provide expert and loving care, meeting all her nutritional, medical and social needs. We
are very happy to welcome Cassie to our Sanctuary and look forward to
providing everything she
needs to live a long and fulfilled life.
Cassie at Bear Creek on April 10, 2018
Happy 12th Birthday to our beautiful jaglions!
Jahzara (melanistic, female) and Tsunami (Gold, male).
To read their whole story please go see their gallery pages.
Jahzara (left) & Tsunami (right) with volunteer Tiory
Jahzara (left) and Tsunami (right)
Photo courtesys of Alanna Davis
March 28, 2108
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO VOLUNTEER
Thank you so much for your billions of hours of hard work taking care of the animals
and taking care of all of us! We couldn't do it without you...
March 27, 2018
We are now booking tours for the 2018 tour season! BOOK SOON! We were fully booked by
April of last year. June 2018 is fully booked now. See our Tours Page for details about tours.
March 17, 2018
Happy 20th birthday to our handsome wonderful ring tailed lemur Patrick! Patti is a long time resident at
Bear Creek and spent the day with his favourite person Beth! Beth has kindly made donations to help support
Patti and in spider monkey Priscilla's name. Thank you Beth!
Hey Black Panther movie fans, did you know we have a wolf named Wakanda?
We named her when she was a puppy in 2007.
Go see the "puppies gallery"!
Photo courtesy of Alanna Davis
February 27, 2018
Today we commemorate and celebrate a truly unique relationship between one of our long time
friends and benefactors, Nequa CrowDog, and "his" wolf Nequa (who we named after CrowDog). From the moment they met in 2007 there was a special bond between them. When Donna and CrowDog came to visit
Bear Creek from Wisconsin every year, CrowDog would sit outside the wolf enclosure and Nequa wouldn't
let any of his wolf siblings approach the fence. Nequa always wanted CrowDog all to himself. We don't know
what they discussed in their long talks, they spoke in Oglala. We never will know, because
CrowDog passed away this week. We miss him terribly and want Donna to know that she is
always welcome here at Bear Creek Sanctuary to visit "her" wolf Nequa, (and us, of course).
Rest in peace, warror, poet, most kind and wonderful man. It isn't going to be the same here.
CrowDog with Nequa
CrowDog with Nequa
CrowDog with one of our coyote pups.
With coyote pup.
Mary, Werner, Andrzej, CrowDog and
his beloved Donna
February 27, 2018
Our sweet Priscilla. You came into our lives to live in your forever home, with your new forever family.
You were 31 years old at the time. Already frail and with a few battle wounds, you allowed us to heal them
for you, as we watched you grow younger. A beautiful girl with a beautiful heart. You gave us hugs, kisses,
pats on our backs and held our hands.
To everyone who met Priscilla, you know she loved all men. She was a big flirt. No man could
pass her without a hug, and those who got one would not forget it.
Priscilla, thank you for every moment of joy. Thank you for all the smiles you put on so many faces.
Thank you for letting us watch you grow old and frail again. Thank you for letting us know you were ready
to leave us. You are needed somewhere else now. And as you said your goodbye, thank you for allowing us
to hold you, kiss you, pat your back and hold your hands as we let you go.
Our sweet little Priscilla. Find your friends and be young again!
Photo courtesy of Mary Sever
Photo courtesy of Mary Sever
Photo courtesy of Mary Sever
Bear Creek Exotic Widlife Sanctuary is celebraing its 29th anniversary in 2018! Thank you, Warner Ebner and Mary Barros, for the countless hours of love and hard work
you've given us so that we can be happy, healthy and safe. We love you! From all of your furry and feathered kids...
January 10, 2018
It's Wolf Wednesday! Well, sort of. This is Huck, a red fox. (His species is red fox, his colour is sapphire).
Huck and his brother Ffinn were rescued from a fur farm and are much happier at Bear Creek!
December 23, 2017
Greg, a donation has been made in your honour from Dawn.
Merry Christmas Greg! Lady Raven will show her appreciation by howling all night long!
December 22, 2017
Merry Christmas Kat!
A donation has been made in your honour towards the care of the Bear Creek animals.
Love, Aunt Judy
December 12, 2017
Check out our holiday stuff! Sponsor animals, buy gift certificates for tours, buy postesr sets,
or buy stuff for our animals (and for us to take care of our animals)
from our Amazon.ca Wish List!
December 12, 2017
ok here's timber (gray) wolf Sersey with her face (badly) circled!
And Sersey not hiding! She's very beautiful and very shy!
December 7, 2017
Can you find timber (gray) wolf Sersey in the photo? Sersey is very shy!
December 5, 2017
It's Tiger Tuesday! Do you need a unique gift for someone special? Check out our Sponsorship Program!
You can sponsor an Amur (Siberian) tiger like Tessa or Ussuri, or almost any one of our other animals! We have LOTS to choose from! Go see!
December 1, 2017
New video posted to our You Tube channel! Do you need a couple of minutes of calm?
Check out beautiful timber (gray) wolf Nequa watching us working and listening to our
other wolves and coyotes howling. Go see!
Tuesday, November 28th, is #GivingTuesday.
During your holiday shopping please consider a donation to Bear Creek. We are a
Private Foundation registered charity, our ONLY source of funding comes from
donations from people like you. 100% of all money donated to Bear Creek goes directly to the care
of our animals and allows us to contnue our work and ba available for animals who need us.
Please visit our Donate and Sponsor Page or use the Donate Now button
featured on the left side of every page on the website. Thank you all for your continued support,
we wouldnt' be able to do what we do without you.
Beaver trapped & drowning
Mary & our rescue team found this many illegal snares
Beaver relaxing after rescue, getting ready to swim away
November 27, 2017
The holiday seson is here and we have great ideas for gifts! 100% of all money you donate to Bear Creek
goes directly to the care of our animals.
SPONSOR one or more of or animals! A truly unique gift for special people! Be a hero,
give the gift that gives twice! There are several sponsorships levels available. Go see!
Purchase a gift certificate for a private tour!
Poster sets make great gifts for kids!
AND you can buy stuff for the animals themselves! We have an Amazon.ca Wish List. You choose from the
list we have built and Amazon ships the items directly to us. You can choose enrichment items for the animals
or you can choose items that help us take care of them. Our animals LOVE their enrichent items!
Go see video on our You Tube channel of Tessa and Ussuri playing with their toys
donated by one our our supporters!
Nadezdha loves her jolly ball!
Our first shipment
November 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American friends and supporters!
November 20, 2017
Did you know we have an Amazon.ca Wish List? It's full of all kinds of toys and accessories for our animals
and even some stuff to help us take care of them! Super easy, you just order what you want to gift the
furrkids withand Amazon delivers it straight to us! Go see!
Nadezsha LOVES her Jolly Ball!
November 15, 2017
Breakfast for the little guys (monkeys, lemurs, coati, raccoon, etc.) being prepared.
November 14, 2017
Beautiful timber (grey) wolf Chloe relaxing last week. Chloe lost a front leg when she was a tiny pup. She
recently had surgery to clean up the original injury and she's doing beautifully! She has no trouble getting around.
Go see Chloe's Gallery Page!
November 13, 2017
New video posted on our You Tube channel! BooBoo bear is getting ready for her winter nap by doing
some power eating. Check out how she eats peanuts! Go see!
November 8, 2017
Timber (grey) wolf Nequa gets the MOST beautiful winter coat of all the Bear Creek wolves!
November 8, 2017
We have had a super wet fall, this mushroom is the size of a dinner plate!
November 5, 2017
New video posted on our You Tube channel! Like most animals sanctuaries and zoos we give our
animals pumpkins to play with this time of year. (Thank you Barrie Hill Farms!) Please enjoy our video
"Big Cats (Mostly) Ignore Pumpkins". A couple of notes, the video is about 13 minjtes long, and
please excuse our mud. It has rained every day for WEEKS here. Our animals all have warm
houses with dry straw and platforms for them to escape the mud.
November 4, 2017
HUGE thank you to Barrie Hill Farms for donating their left over Halloween pumpkins
(and squash and gourds) for our animals to play with! Video coming later...
October 31, 2017
Please keep your furrkids safe tonight!!
October 30, 2017
New video posted on our You Tube channel! Timber wolf (also known as grey wolf) Lady Raven playing
on a cool day in October. Our wolves love cooler weather and snow! Go see!
October 19, 2017
Beautiful Nadezdha taking in the cooler October weather. All of the Bear Creek tigers are
Amur (Siberian) tigers, so they think colder is better! They love snow and sub-zero temperatures.
Nadezdha is also the tiger in our logo (when she was just a baby!)
October 13, 2017
Thank you so much to all of our tour guests for 2017! We had a wonderful time and
hope you did too. Please book a tour for next year! We will start booking tours in the spring of
2018, watch here, Facebook and Twitter for our announcement. Your continued support allows
us to take care of our animals and continue to rescue more.
For information about our private tours please see our Tours Page
October 8, 2017
HAPPY THANKSGIVING CANADA!
October 4, 2017
Baloo bear has been bulking up for his winter dormancy. He's a big, BIG boy!
Go See Baloo's Gallery page! (BABY PICTURES!)
September 29, 2017
Please join us in wishing a VERY happy birthday to super volunteer Beth Boddy!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Beth! We hope you have a wonderful day!
September 26, 2017
It's Tiger Tuesday! Meet Ussuri, Amur (Siberian) tiger and giant clown. Ussuril lives with Tessa.
September 22, 2017
New video posted on our You Tuve channel - Baloo bear taking a bath with his favourite background
music, the Bear Creek wolves and coyotess howling! Go see!
September 22, 2017
This week we said a fond farewell to another of our beloved primate girls. MaMere, a red fronted lemur,
passed away peacefully after suffering a stroke at the advanced age of 27. MaMere came to Bear Creek in
2010, as part of a transfer of several animals from a facility in BC. MaMere arrived in the first shipment without
her son Twill, and her mate, black lemur Fonzie. After six months time, another group of lemurs arrived and MaMere was reunited with Fonzie. It was a sight none of us who were witness will ever forget. They took one
look at one another and then rushed into the biggest, longest, tightest hug the world has ever seen, leaving no doubt about the depth of their love. There wasn't a dry eye in the house. And thus began MaMere's and
Fonzie's happy life at Bear Creek. As a female lemur, MaMere was typically dominant and, notwithstanding
her feelings for her mate, she sometimes ruled him with an iron fist. She insisted on being fed first, and if he
had a piece of food she wanted, she would simply take it. If he came too close while she was eating, she
would reach around without looking and slap him. Fonzie never seemed to mind, as a male lemur, he was
typically docile and subservient to his queen. As she aged, MaMere's vision started to fail and it became harder
for her to get around, but as long as her enclosure remained the same, she was fine. She was a feisty,
beautiful, and regal being. Fonzie loved her until the end and he will miss her. And so will we.
Photo courtesy of Beth Boddy
Photo courtesy of Beth Boddy
Ma Mere and Fonzie's son
September 10, 2017
It's Monkey Monday! (ok today is Sunday, I'm trying to get a jump on the week...)
Meet Chico, our Japanese macaque. Japaneses macaques are also known
as snow monkeys, and Chico is our only primate who stays out all winter!
September 7, 2017
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY!
Thank you for everything you do for us!
August 30, 2017
It's Wolf Wednesday! Meet timber wolf Sersey. Sersey is super shy so it's hard to get photos of her.
And she has HUGE beautiful eyes! (Sorry this posted so late, I know it's not Wednesday any more,
my internet access has been zero for two days!)
August 16, 2017
We've gone batty! Recently we added 17 Ruwenzori long haired fruit bats to our family! They're adorable!
In the wild they occur in central and east Africa. (It's normal for them to huddle like this). They eat only
fruits and vegetables. Video posted on our You Tube channel - go see!
August 12, 2017
We have some sad news to share with everyone.
Marika was born on June 1995. She was a lab monkey for many years prior to going to a zoo.
We were asked to take Marika in as she was very shy and did not like to be outside in public view. We
were very excited about having her live with us. She was beautiful, and we love challenges. Beth, one of
our volunteers, spent many days trying to get Marika to take food from her hand, and eventually she did.
Marika came to us in 2004 and then around 2012, she was diagnosed with diabetes.
On Friday August 4th, Marika passed away peacefully. We sure have felt her loss around here and she
will be missed terribly. Those of you who got the chance to meet her, know why she will be missed. She had
an amazing personality and was an incredible friend.
Until we all meet again sweet girl
Photos Courtesy of Beth Boddy
August 3, 2017
New video posted on our You Tube channel! It's SUMMER and our bears
(and a bunch of our other animals) love fresh corn! Spend a couple of minutes
relaxing with Edna bear and her ear of corn. Go see!
August 3, 2017
This is Bob T Cat, our (yep) bobcat. Here he is relaxing on a quiet day
July 31, 2017
Don't forget we have an Amazon.ca Wish List! Tessa and Ussuri love their Jolly Balls - Go see!
We also have a bunch of other stuff listed that we need, from office supplies to medical supplies,
animal enrichment items, enclosure maintenance items and treats. Amazon makes it easy,
you shop for us and whateveryou choose is shipped directly to us from Amazon.
100% of everything donated to us goes directly to the care and maintenance of our animals.
Thank you all for your continuing support!
July 30, 2017
Today is Global Tiger Day. Did you know that every species of wild tiger is critically endangered?
are suffering from poaching for the Asian medicine market and habitat loss.
From our tiger family to the world -
EXTINCT IS FOREVER
July 22, 2017
New video posted on our You Tube channel! Cougar Cassie enjoying a lazy summer day
with her special background singers, the Bear Creek wolves! (Wolf howling starts about
2/3 of the way through the video. So volume up and GO SEE!
July 9, 2017
We had an amazing day yesterday. A wonderful tour with amazing and fun people. At the end of the
day we received a call from a gentleman named Ian. He was walking along Huronia Rd. in Barrie when
he came across an adult beaver that had been caught in a snare, attached to a tree log in the water.
Beaver was hanging on to farm fence to stay afloat. We arrived to find him struggling with his head above
the water. The snare was around his waist and would tighten as he turned. If he let go of the farm fence, he
would go under with the log. Not sure why this was left there. Misha and Tiory cut away the remainder of the
snares and we brought them back with us. Beaver was quite happy once freed and hung around for a bit
grooming himself. Wonderful ending to the day! Thank you Little Mary, Tiory, Misha and the wonderful
gentleman Ian, who stayed with beaver until we arrived.
This is how we found him. If he let go of the farm fence the log he was attached to (under water) would sink
and he'd go with it.
Tiory and Misha destroy the other snares on the log.
Tiory, Misha and Mary collecting snares.
He didn't seem to have any serious damage.
There were probably 20 more snares.
July 6, 2017
We regret that we have to report that the young raccoon transferred to us yesterday by the South Simcoe
Police had to be humanely euthanized. After his exam by our veterinarian (no fractures but neurological deficits)
he began having severe seizures and was euthanized then. When he was hit by the car he suffered traumatic
brain injuries. (His eyes look blue in the photos because his pupils were so dilated). Thank you to the motorist
who stopped for him and the South Simcoe Police for bringing him to us,
we were at least able to ease his passing.
July 3, 2017
New video posted! Ever wonder what 6 coyotes and 6 wolves howling together sounds like?
Turn up your volume and go see!
Photo courtesy of Beth Boddy
Copyright © 2017 Bear Creek Sanctuary and Beth Boddy All Rights Reserved
Happy International Sunglasses Day from Annie Allama!!
June 26, 2017
Our beautiful boy, African lion Zulu, basking in the sun a couple of weeks ago...
June 24, 2017
Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday on July 1st! Many animals are frightened by fireworks,
and this holiday will have more fireworks than many. So please, keep your pets safe! Especially
don't let them escape. Follow these handy tips (they include cats too!) to helpmkeep everyone safe and happy!
Many people have had good results with pressure garments like Thundershirts too,
you can find information about them on the internet.
June 8, 2017
New video posted! Miss Edna Bear having a relaxing day. Go see!
May 30, 2017
URGENT! We are in desperate need of donated chain link dog runs, any size, for our rehab centre in Barrie, Ontario. The more enclosures we are able to build the more orphans we will be able to rescue, rehabilitate, and release back to the wild. Needed ASAP! The number of orphaned animals is very high this year, rehab
centres all over Ontario are overflowing already and it isn't even summer yet! If you have chain link dog runs or panels you can donate please call Mary at (705) 721-4730 or email email@example.com
Thanks again and please tell your friends! The more people we can reach the more animals we can save.
May 18, 2017
More from Hoolia today. New video posted! Hoolia is in a small cage temporarily so she can be medicated and monitored. (See below for why). So in the video Mary is hooting at her, and Hoolia is honking back! We've never heard her make this noise before! Go see!
May 18, 2017
Recently we noticed that Hoolia, our 37 year old great horned owl, had some minor lacerations on her feet. So we took her to see Dr Emms at Ivy Veterinary Services to have her checked out. She's fine, she just needs some antibiotics and to be confined for a bit. (For medication and observation). While she was there we figured we'd do some films to make sure nothing else was going on. She was SO GOOD! Dr. Emms put her down on the table and she sat completely still with NO SEDATION! Films were all clear. We are so grateful to Dr. Emms (again!)
Hoolia being SUCH a good girl for Dr. Emms!
May 18, 2017
We are now fully booked up for tours for the 2017 season. If you would like to get on a
cancellation list for a private tour appointment please call Mary at 705-721-4730 and leave a message,
including a phone number where you can be reached!
We will not be using email to notify people that they're on the cancellation list or
that we havehad an opening. Thank you so much for your support!
May 13, 2017
It's CATURDAY! Zulu doing some epic napping and sun worshiping yesterday...
May 12, 2017
New video posted on our You Tube channel! Cougar Cassie relaxing in the gorgeous warm spring
weather yesteray. Go see!
Photo Courtesy of Beth Boddy
April 18, 2017
One year ago today our beautiful Siberian tiger Tessa was on her way to surgery for pyometra, (infected uterus). This is what we posted after her surgery:
April 19, 2016
All of us at Bear Creek Sanctuary, would like to give a most sincere and grateful thank you to the following extraordinary group of people..... Dr. Cathy Emms, our family veterinary who originally started to treat and
then diagnosed Tessa. Dr. Emms then contacted the next group of extraordinary people at the
Ontario Veterinary College Surgery Team in Guelph..... Surgeons - Dr. Ameet Singh (faculty),
Dr. Katie Hoddinott (resident), Dr. Jacqueline Scott (resident), and Dr. Shannon Wainberg (Intern). Anesthesiologist's - Dr. Alex Velvarde and Dr. Ben Liao. Exotic Medicine Dr. Dale Smith.
We would also like to thank Rae-Lee,our contact person at OVC, for assisting us through this time.
Here are a few photos from the surgery room.
Have a wonderful day everyone!
These people saved Tessa's life! She recovered beautifully and recently celebrated her 20th birthday!
Without the support of these people and all of the people who donated money to help us with her veterinary
bills she wouldn't still be with us today. And she is! Still bossing giant Ussur around every day...
thank you all so much!
April 12, 2017
Jasper got a hold of Uncle Pete Collette's credit card and went shopping for himself on our
Amazon.ca Wish List! Check out what he ordered!
April 12, 2016
A while back we rescued a litter of kittens and they are ready to be re-homed! They are all spayed / neutered
and are up to date on vaccinations. Please go see our ad for them on Kijiji! Selena, Salem or Samson would
be a great addition to any household!
April 7, 2017
Private Tours Update: As of now all of our Saturday tour appointments are booked until the end of the season.
We still have some Monday and Thursday appointments, starting time 1:00, available
for booking. So if you want to come and visit us this summer BOOK NOW!
Thank you all so much for your continuing support.
Please read our Tours Page for more info!
April 6, 2017
New video posted on our You Tube Channel-big bad melanistic (black) jaguar Diablo SNORING! Go see!
March 29, 2017
New fennec fox Hunter's shark bed arrived! It's SO CUTE! Thank you Dionne! Hunter's new bed and
new toys were purchased for him from our Amazon.ca Wish List!
March 28, 2017
Happiest of Birthdays to Alanna Davis!
March 23, 2017
By now most of you have probably visited our Amazon.ca Wish List and we'd like to ask: Is there anything you've
noticed that we've missed? If you have any ideas for items to add to the Wish List we'd love to hear from you. Please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your help and continued support!
March 19, 2017
One of our Facebook supporters fell in love with Hunter, our new fennec fox, and went shopping for him on our
Amazon.ca Wish List for him! We are still expecting more stuff, but here is Hunter with one of his new toys.
March 15, 2017
It's Wolf Wednesday! This is Lady Raven (from last summer) who was part of a group of animals
placed with us when the Bergeron Wildlife Sanctuary closed down. Lady Raven is very sweet and
VERY pretty! You can visit her gallery page here!
March 13, 2017
Identical twin sisters of our long-time volunteer Kat Berington, Anna and Kristy Berington of
Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing, are currently racing in the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska! We are so
proud of Kat's sisters, who have been to Bear Creek, and we are following the race on their website and
Iditarod blog Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing! You can too!
How to get along with cats and dogs!
Anna and Kristy Berington and Tatianna
March 7, 2017
Meet our newest rescue, 2 year old fennec fox Hunter. Hunter was brought to us by people who had rescued him from a private owner. He is in kind of rough shape. He has 2 burns and 3 old fractures in his tail. Dr. Emms said the fractures are too old to treat, but we are treating his burns and he will be fine. He is settling in nicely already. His favourite food is silk worms! Live silk worms are expensive, but he needs the high quality protein. We have found freeze dried sik worms on Amazon.ca, and we've added them to our Wish List. Any help with Hunter's care would be greatly appreciated. You can make a donation through this website or go to our Wish List and pick stuff out especially for Hunter. Video of Hunter is being uploaded to our You Tube channel now, and when it's available you can go see it here! Hunter will stay with us for the rest of his life.
Photo courtesy of Mary Barros
February 25, 2017
With very warm weather this last couple of weeks, female cougars Cassie and Karma have decided that
spring has sprung! (It hasn't). But they're both in heat (estrus) and have some amazing vocalizations to
show you! Posted on our Facebook Page and on our You Tube channel, go see!
February 22, 2017
New video from today posted on our You Tube Channel and on our Facebook Page!
Siberian tigers Ussuri and Tessa play with their new toys from our Amazon.ca Wish List! Go see!
Photo from summer 2016, video from today!
February 19, 2017
Our darling new foxes, Huck and Finn, have their own gallery page now. Go see!
Photo courtesy of Mary Sever
February 14, 2017
If you were watching the Barrie news tonight you would have seen a story about Mary Jr. saving
a man's life in a Zehr's grocery store last month. Lloyd had a heart attack in line in front of Mary and she
and nurse Teresa did CPR until the EMTs were able to transport Lloyd to RVH. But wait, there's more!
Lloyd was transferred to the hospital in Newmarket for his heart surgery where Mary Jr works as a
phlebotomist so they got to have a reunion there in the hospital! WAY TO GO HERO MARY JR!
We are so proud of you!
Mary Jr, Lloyd, and Teresa
February 14, 2017
Happy Valentine's Day from our family to yours!
February 2, 2017
New (short) video of Zulu on our You Tube channel, go see!
January 26, 2017
We are now booking tours for July and August 2017!
Tours are offered Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays with start times at 1pm.
Prior purchased certificates are valid for the same season only.
Please note, we do not have any interact or credit card access.
Please go to our Tours Page for more info
January 26, 2017
Buddy and Twill, best friend lemurs, now have their own gallery page! Twill is a hybrid lemur,
Buddy is a ring tailed lemur. Go see!
Phot courtesy of Beth Boddy
January 14, 2017
New video posted on our You Tube channel! Our Amazon.ca Wish List is doing REALLY well!
So to thank you all for shopping for us. Here's video of Nadezdha playing with her new Jolly Ball
She LOVES it! Go see!
January 10, 2017
WOW and THANK YOU!!
These are some of the gifts /supplies/toys we've had delivered to us from our Amazon.ca Wish List in the
past few weeks. We clearly have the best and most caring supporters/friends in the whole world. These
things all help to make our jobs easier and help us to enrich the animals' lives with play. And we can't do
what we do without YOUR help, which we truly appreciate.
Stay tuned, between snow storms this week, we'll be distributing the Jolly Balls to some lucky animals
and we'll take video to share with you.
If you haven't seen the Wish List, or would like to see what's new there, here is the link:
A HUGE bunch of chuffs and purrs and THANKK YOU to volunteer Beth Boddy for setting up this program for us!
January 10, 2016
Thank You for the wonderful 20 years of memories old friend.
Tonka - May 1996 - January 2017
January 5, 2017
Our adorabel ambassador Bob T Cat has his own gallery page (pages) now! Go see!
December 31, 2016
December 29, 2016
Amazon.ca Wish List update! All of the needed ceramic UV light heater bulbs we needed have been purchased! Thank you all so much for the AMAZING response! There are many other items on our wish list that we need,
so go shopping!
December 28, 2016
Good afternoon Bear Creek friends! We are starting an overhaul of our indoor enclosure heating to
make it darker and more comfortable for the animals at night. If you would like to help, we need several
of the dark infra red light bulbs that are on the top of our Wish List at Amazon.ca.
Many of you have already sent us gifts from the Wish List and we would like to thank you
very much. It is wonderful to receive the shipments and see how much you love our animals.
(And they have great fun playing with the boxes, too!)
THANK YOU EVERYONE!
December 21, 2016
Big News!! If you're online shopping this Boxing Day, check out Bear Creek Sanctuary's new
Wish List on Amazon.ca. Now all our friends can get their shopping fix AND buy much needed
supplies and toys for their favourite Bear Creek animals at the same time. Choose the option to
ship to Bear Creek and your purchases will be delivered directly to the animals. We notice there
are already shipments on the way - we'll post pictures when the animals get their Amazon boxes!!
Happy New Year and Happy Shopping! As always, your support is greatly appreciated.
December 13, 2016
Also toxic to dogs and cats is xylitol (and artifical sweetener found in gum and candies),
poinsettia plants and lily plants. Please protect your furkids!
December 10, 2016
Happy Birthday to long time volunteer Lori Winott! Thank you for your invaluable help through the years!
December 8, 2016
It is with great sadness that we have to share some news that will affect the hearts of
many, but not as heartfelt as it was to all of us at the sanctuary.
On Friday December 2nd we called Dr. Emms to have a look at our loving tiger Tatiana.
She was not feeling well for a few days. Through some blood work, we were informed Tatiana was diabetic.
Tatiana passed away on her own in the early morning hours of Saturday December 3rd.
To all of you who knew her, and to those who only briefly met her, we could not have posted this any
earlier as many family members had to be notified prior to doing so. And...this is very hard to do!
Every day, we pass by where she stalked us. Every day, we look in the direction she chuffed at us.
Every day, we will whisper a little "hello girl" to her. Every day, we miss her!
Are you going to visit the Barrie area during the summer? We are only an hour north of metro Toronto.
Our private tour gift certificates are a GREAT family gift! For all information about private tours
please see our Tours page! We will start booking tours in the sprint of 2017.
Actual certificates may not appear exactly as this example!
Poster sets are a great gift for kids or for offices!
November 25, 2016
After an 18 month long medical odyssey Nequa has just moved into his new enclosure! We've posted
new video on our YouTube channel that tells the whole story, GO SEE!
November 6, 2016
It is with great regreat that I must announce the passing of our beautiul Eurasian (Siberian) lynx Gurl.
Gurl had a strong and wonderful personaltiy, was always honest and very true to her wild heritage. She had a
great life with us and passed quietly several days ago. Gurl was 21 years old. We miss her already.
November 1, 2016
It's that time of year again! New short video on our You Tube channel
of timber wolf Nequa playing with his pumpkin! Go see!
October 30, 2016
When you come for a tour and fall in love with our spider monkey Priscilla, what do you do????
Get a tattoo of her and have her with you forever! Craig, one of our guests this past summer,
has permitted the use of a photo of hisnrecent tattoo.
October 29, 2016
Please keep your furr and feather kids safe this Halloween!
October 25, 2016
This is what a healthy fox coat looks like! This is Huck, one of our new foxes. Huck was rescued from a fur
farm and his colour is called sapphire. He's a beautiful boy!
August 20, 2016
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to an old friend. Woody, our giant lion, left us peacefully
Friday, August 19, 2016 at the wonderful age of 20.
Thank you for all of the wonderful moments that you gave each and every one of us who stopped to say hello.
Walking down the path to where you lived for so many years will never be the same. Goodbye, old friend,
we miss you so much already.
July 4, 2016
Little Mango monkey (who we rescued after she escaped during Canada Day fireworks) is going to go live
at the Elmvale Zoo! It's a perfect place for her, she will have other capuchin monkeys to live with!
We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that MONKEYS ARE NOT GOOD PETS. And
to PLEASE keep your pets safe and secure during holiday celebrations. These ownsers are doing the
right thing for little Mango.
July 3, 2016
Mary and Alanna were called by the South Simcoe Police Services to help capture an escaped capuchin
monkey in Alcona today. Princess (Mango) was frightened by Canada Day fireworks and managed to escape.
She was very scared, but Mary and Alanna managed to settle her and lure her home to her owners.
We would like to take this opportunity to say once again that exotic animals DO NOT MAKE GOOD PETS,
and to PLEASE make sure your animals, all animals, are safe and secure during holiday celebrations. This
story had a happy ending, but many of them don't. Often the animals end up paying the price.
Your Pets' Ten Commandments
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends,
your entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.
Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. ALWAYS!
Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary has always lived by these rules. But we've never seen them written so well.
Please, take care of your animals the way we take care of ours. Read this, know this, do this.