Saint Louis, MO
The $11.1 million state-of-the-art habitat is twice the size of the old bear grottos, including approximately 7,000 square feet of outdoor habitat, which features a large freshwater wading pool, waterfall and stream, climbing and back-scratching rocks, a variety of substrates (grasses, mulch and sand), and other features to stimulate the bears mentally and physically. The new habitat also has over 3,300 square feet of behind-the-scenes space.
Robert Satchell and Jose Rodriguez were instrumental during the life support system design phase of the new Grizzly Ridge. Through 22 windows, Grizzly Ridge visitors can watch the bears play and swim in the 7,500-gallon pool and waterfall.