Last July, the Society took in three neglected bears from Xenia, Ohio to Popcorn Park so they could be provided with food, shelter, veterinary care and have a safe, tranquil setting. Bonnie, now 5 years old and 3 year old Ginger and Maryann, were raised in a neglectful situation by a man who only bred them for profit. The American black bear trio was being fed Krispy Kreme donuts as a diet; the two youngsters were only 50% of their proper body weight. They were all kept in flimsy caging that allowed them to periodically escape, frightening the town's residents. When the opportunity arose to give these bears a better life, we happily accepted them.
Zoo Director John Bergmann gets to know each zoo resident on a personal basis -- their likes and their dislikes. When John walks over to the bears' cage, Bonnie presses up against the bars and raises an arm. John will give a good scratching ....and then Bonnie raises the other arm ....and John knows what to do. After lots of interaction and scratching, Bonnie is ready to give John a kiss and licks his nose.
Popcorn Park Zoo staff takes pride in getting to know each animal . Bonnie, along with Ginger and Maryann, just loves dried apricots & other dried fruits. If you would like to support Bonnie, or any other of the animals at the zoo it is only $36.00 for a one year's sponsorship in the Wildlife Club plus free admission to the zoo for the duration of your membership. You can read more here about the history of Bonnie, Ginger and Maryann and their new life at the zoo.