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Through the prairie, mountains, desert and finally home!

Through the prairie, mountains, desert and finally home!

Alpine, Calif. – (June 30, 2014) Twelve days, 15 states and 6,000+ miles later, Bobbi and the LTB Rescue team arrived to Lions, Tigers & Bears with the six Greenwich, NY bears in tow. It was an epic rescue that exemplifies how quick action and collaboration can pay off – and in this case save nine lives! A huge thank you goes out to our collaborative partners : The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Rock to the Rescue and the ASPCA for working together to make this rescue a reality.

Sasha the bear

Sasha is all smiles, after arriving to LTB!

Sasha, Sebastian, Diego, Darwin, Dasha and Dora were very happy when the rescue hauler came to a halt and the team opened the hauler doors to reveal the sights, sounds, and smells of their new home! Each bear was rolled out of the rescue hauler and into their new temporary medical quarantine habitat. It was an amazing site to see each bear take that first step out of their transfer cage and into their new home. To be able to watch them feel dirt beneath their paws for the very first time was absolutely extraordinary. Once settled in, all six bears were fed a wholesome diet of fresh fruits, veggies and special peanut butter and honey sandwiches. They especially enjoy the crunch of romaine lettuce!

This bear family of six will spend the summer at Lions, Tigers & Bears to undergo their medical quarantine and then will be loaded up in the rescue hauler one final time and driven the 1,200 miles to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado by Bobbi and the LTB Rescue team. A long journey for six captive bred black bears, but none the less a “beary” happy ending!



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Skittles, Shaka and Kira arrive home!

Skittles, Shaka and Kira arrive home!

Keenesburg, Colorado – (June 28, 2014) The LTB Rescue team arrived at The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) in Keenesburg, Colorado after driving 1,800 miles from Fredonia, New York where they rescued three additional captive exotic animals – Skittles the black bear, Shaka the African serval and Kira the mountain lion – that were seized by New York DEC officials.  These three privately held exotics were extremely lucky to get a second chance.

WelcomeThe LTB Rescue team was greeted by Pat Craig and his sanctuary team, along with a pack of four legged helpers! Skittles, Shaka and Kira were unloaded from Lions, Tigers & Bears’ rescue hauler and then transferred to their temporary quarantine areas. The TWAS crew helped Bobbi and the rescue team clean out the rescue hauler for the rest of the journey home with the six Greenwich bears. In just a matter of a few hours, both sanctuary crews bid each other farewell and the LTB Rescue team hit the road again with just 1,200 miles left to go!

The LTB Rescue team will be returning to TWAS at the end of the summer when they load up the rescue hauler one more time with all six Greenwich bears and transport them back to the Colorado sanctuary, where they will spend the rest of their days. In the meantime all six bears will undergo a medical quarantine at Lions, Tigers & Bears’ sanctuary and enjoy their San Diego stay!

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Detour to save more lives.

Detour to save more lives.

Fredonia, NY – (June 25, 2014) While in New York, Bobbi Brink received a call from DEC officials about a case involving a privately held mountain lion, black bear and serval. The DEC had orders to seize the three animals being kept at the private residence near Buffalo, NY on Wednesday, June 25th. Rather than euthanize the animals, the DEC requested for Bobbi to rescue the animals. Being that she and the rescue team were already in the area, it only made sense. Three more captive exotic animals’ lives were able to be spared on this cross-country rescue!

The exotic trio includes: Kira- a six year old female mountain lion, Shaka- a six or seven year old male serval and Skittles- a thirteen year old female black bear(spayed).

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Bobbi and the LTB Rescue team arrived to the Fredonia, NY residence Wednesday morning, accompanied by DEC officials. All three animals were provided medical care and loaded into their transport cages that they would make the journey to their new home at The Wild Animal Sancutary in Keenesburg, Colorado in.  The owners of the three animals were very cooperative with authorities. The couple like the private owner in Greenwich, had explained that they too had tried to find a more suitable home for their three animals, only to be turned away. This is a recurring dilemma that private owners of exotics face across the U.S. The owners find themselves in deep water, with no means for escape and it is the animal that ends up suffering. Luckily for this upstate New York couple, their animal seizure was greeted with a happy alternative ending for their three exotics.

The LTB Rescue Team will be dropping the exotic trio off at The Wild Animal Sanctuary, on the way back to California with the Greenwich bears.

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Let the rescue begin!

Let the rescue begin!

IMG_4149 Greenwich, NY – (June 24, 2014) Five days, ten states and nearly 3,000 miles later,  the LTB Rescue team arrived to New York state on Monday in their state of the art animal rescue hauler. A few winding roads through the woods later, the team arrived bright and early to the rescue site, welcomed by DEC officials, USDA officials, the private owner of the zoo and Hannah Shaw, Director of the non-profit group, Rock to the Rescue. The six bears: Sasha, Sebastian, Dasha, Dora, Diego and Darwin were living together at the small private backyard zoo. Sasha(female, age 6) and Sebastian (male, age 7) are the parents of Dasha and Dora (females, age 3). Diego and Darwin are males both around 6 years of age.

Bobbi and the LTB Rescue Team spent the morning coaxing each of the six bears into their individual transfer cages. One by one each bear was loaded into their transfer cage and then sedated with the assistance of the New York veterinarian team. After sedation, each individual bear underwent a baseline medical examination which included: physical and dental exam, blood and stool sample analysis, immunizations and microchipping. Each bear appeared to be in good health. After the completion of each exam, each bear was loaded back into their transfer cages, where they were able to recover from the sedative and rest up for the following days journey. The team spent nearly twelve hours at the rescue site transferring and providing medical to all six bears. IMG_4163

Earlier in the month, DEC officials served the owner of the small backyard zoo a court order to relinquish the bears due to permitting reasons. With no contingency plan in place, and time quickly running out, the bears were scheduled to be euthanized on June 6th by state officials. Through the quick action and collaboration of Lions, Tigers & Bears, The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado, the national non-profit group Rock to the Rescue and a generous grant from the ASPCA, these bears were spared their unfair death sentence.

The private owner was very cooperative with the rescue team and officials. The owner had previously reached out for help in the past several years to find reputable homes for the six bears, only to be turned away time and time again. Reputable and accredited sanctuaries across the U.S. are stretched thin due to multiple factors, from financial restraints, to space and staffing. It is extremely difficult for such sanctuaries to keep up with the demand placed upon them to provide lifetime care for these captive exotic animals.

Bears live up to thirty years in captivity, eat twenty pounds a day and can cost upward of $10,000 per year to provide just the “bear” necessities.


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Lions, Tigers & Bears to collaborate with three organizations to save New York bears from grim fate.

Lions, Tigers & Bears to collaborate with three organizations to save New York bears from grim fate.

Alpine, CA – (June 18, 2014) This Thursday, the Lions, Tigers & Bears’ rescue team and I are taking to the road, once again. Our mission? To rescue six bears, confined to a backyard menagerie. These bears would have otherwise lost their chance at life if it were not for the quick action of four organizations – the non-profit group Rock to the Rescue, The ASPCA, The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) and our team at Lions, Tigers & Bears (LTB).

The bears, part of a defunct captive wildlife operation in upstate New York, are the sole survivors  – from lions and tigers, to macaques and lemurs-  that were being kept at this backwoods zoo. The owner  is now stepping up to do the right thing, but this means the bears must go. With no contingency plan in place, New York state officials had the six bears scheduled to be euthanized on June 6th, 2014, but with the quick action and collaboration of all four organizations, we were able to convince the authorities to hold off on this unfair death sentence while acting quickly to put a rescue plan in place. Thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA this rescue is becoming a reality and now it is time to hit the road!

The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado has agreed to provide all six bears with a lifetime home. I have offered to provide the six bears with a temporary home at our sanctuary before they are relocated to the Colorado sanctuary in August. Our team will be transporting the bears in their state of the art animal rescue hauler from New York to California and then to Colorado in the fall. We will provide on the ground baseline medical exams to all six bears before they are driven the 3,000 miles back to our sanctuary.

This rescue is a prime example of the perils captive exotic animals face across the United States. It is the animal that ends up paying the price – from being sold as pets or trophy opportunities at canned hunt ranches, to being traded by breeders, to the more grim reality of euthanasia.  Luckily for these six bears, they are being given a second chance, but the outcome is not so promising for tens of thousands of other captive wild animals out there. As private owners are forced to relinquish their exotic animals, sanctuaries struggle to keep up with the demand for space and funds for lifetime care.

Did you know a bear can live upwards of thirty years in captivity? Factor in the $10,000 per year per bear to provide proper nutrition, medical and other basic essentials, the cost for lifetime care quickly adds up. To help with the rescue of these six bears and future rescues by Lions, Tigers & Bears, please visit ourwebsite and donate today. Thank you for your ongoing support. Every life counts!

P.S. Be sure to follow us on Facebook as this rescue unfolds!

Sincerely yours,

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Bobbi Brink, Founder/Director

Lions, Tigers & Bears

There’s No Place Like Home

Albert the GrizzlyAlpine, CA – (May 30, 2014) Five days, eight states and 2,500 miles later the epic journey for Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo has come to an end- they are finally home! After a few short days on the ranch this family of bears is already beginning to settle into their new digs. They will spend the next thirty days in quarantine, a standard protocol for all new arrivals to our sanctuary. Teddy and Baloo, the two eleven year old Himalayan black bear brothers, are clowning around and enjoying taking dips in their swimming tub. Albert and Cherry Bomb, the eight year old Alaskan Silvertip grizzlies are getting accustomed to their quarantine area and are enjoying the tranquility of LTB.  This rescue could not have been possible without the support of so many kind-hearted and compassionate members, family and friends of Lions, Tigers & Bears, like you! This rescue is your donation in action, the feeling of  achievement can’t get any better than this! To know that together we have made the difference in the lives of one (or in this case four!) more animals in need of a better tomorrow is absolutely insurmountable. Thank you all! Every Life Counts!      

They have arrived! Teddy smiling Baloo checking out the view


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The Final Leg

The Final Leg

baloo2Gila Bend, AZ – (May 28, 2014) Since our last update two days ago, the LTB rescue team crossed through three states (Texas, New Mexico & Arizona), soon to be four (California) covering 1,000+ miles to bring Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo to their new home. Along the route home, the team has met some helpful new friends- all willing to pitch in for the sake of this bear family. At each fuel stop, fellow travelers come up to the rescue hauler in curious amazement, and occasional disbelief- that four bears really do stand behind those hauler doors, and are on their way to a new life at Lions, Tigers & Bears. Being on the road and meeting people from all walks of life is a fantastic way to spread awareness of the work LTB does, and the perils that stem from the exotic animal trade. When people are able to see Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo firsthand, and learn their story- they are able to make a connection to the greater issue at hand and are inspired to act upon this newfound knowledge.

Still Truckin’

Still Truckin’

Cherry Bomb grizzly bearWeatherford, TX – (May 26, 2014) This update comes to you from the highways of the Lone Star State, where the LTB Rescue Team has covered over 1,500 miles with Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo in tow.

Some of you may be wondering what life on the road is like when you are hauling four, 300+ pound living, breathing balls of fur (bears!!) with needs to be met- such as food, water and hygenic living conditions, not to mention emotional needs to ensure everyone is comfortable, safe and happy on their journey to their new home.

Stops are made often to check on Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo. Their travel hauler is temperature controlled and insulated to help drown out sound. The bears are fed daily and watered as needed at each stop. They are also given lots of praise and words of reassurance each time we stop to remind them that everything will be okay and their journey on the road is only temporary!

In just a few short days this family of bears will be able to frolic and play in their new enriching habitat at Lions, Tigers & Bears, and we can’t wait to see this firsthand! Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo also enjoy seeing new faces (and even showing off a bit) at our stops along the route, and fellow travelers definitely enjoy seeing them, learning their story and ways they can help us stop the exotic animal trade and the exploitation of animals such as Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo.



Food for the Road

Food for the Road
Cherry Bomb has leftover honeydew seeds on her head.

Cherry Bomb has leftover honeydew seeds on her head.

(May 24, 2014) – The LTB Rescue team hit the road yesterday morning, but not before making a stop at the grocery store to stock up on fresh produce for Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo. Did you know a typical bear eats up to 20 pounds of food a day?! (Whereas the average person eats around 4 pounds per day.) That is a max of 80 pounds of food per day between the four of these guys. Bears are omnivores meaning “everything-eater.” Their diet consists of a variety of foods including fruits, nuts, vegetables, seeds, fish, eggs, cooked meats, grains, etc.  produceNeedless to say, the team loaded up their shopping cart with a lot!:

8 watermelons, 2 cantaloupes, 2 melons, 17 peaches, 8 mangos, 2 pineapples, 4 heads of romaine, 10 lbs. of oranges, 8 lbs. of pears, 5 lbs. of apples and a giant jar of Jiff peanut butter for a special treat!

All four bears absolutely love watermelon. Watch Teddy eating his melon here!

The team made it all the way to Arkansas before pulling over to rest for a few hours late Saturday night. Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo are adjusting wonderfully to life on the road. Just a couple of more days before they are home free!



Loaded Up and Ready to Roll

Loaded Up and Ready to Roll


Cherry Bomb being loaded up Watha, North Carolina – (May 24, 2013) After multiple hours of rest and close observation by the LTB Rescue team, Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo were loaded into Lions, Tigers & Bears’ state of the art exotic animal transfer hauler yesterday afternoon where they could rest overnight before the team begins the nearly 3,000 mile drive back to California.

The hauler is fully self contained and well equipped with features such as -running water, air conditioning, propane generator, tools, medical supplies for the bears (and humans just in case!).

It is important to give the bears plenty of time to come around from their sedative and be able to get accustomed to their new environment where they will be spending the next few days. Each member of this bear family has their own personal transfer cage to make the cross-country trek in. A big journey lies ahead for these bears. Be sure to stop by often for updates on Albert, Cherry Bomb, Teddy and Baloo’s journey to their new home at Lions, Tigers & Bears!


Cherry Bomb is ready for California!

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“Will it all fit?”


Loading up the rescue hauler.


Ready to roll!


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