European brown bears are back in the UK

Mail Online | 7/16/2019 | Victoria Bell For Mailonline
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Finishing touches are being made to the UK's largest and most ambitious brown bear exhibit, which will open to visitors next week.

European brown bears are settling into their 7.5-acre enclosure at the Wild Place Project in Bristol, run by the Bristol Zoological Society.

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The multi-million pound woodland exhibit will be home to four European brown bears, five wolves, two Eurasian lynx and two wolverines.

It will give visitors the chance to see these animals in their natural habitat, where they would have once lived in the wild, for the first time in hundreds of years.

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The scheme will see Eurasian brown bears – the largest predator native to Britain which can grow up to 8ft (2.4m) tall – rearing their cubs exactly as they did in medieval England.

But the creatures would not be left to roam totally wild – they will be safely fenced in and keepers would supplement their foraged diet to keep them well-fed.

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The exhibit, which is nestled among ancient woodland, features a 'time chamber' which transports visitors back in time to when the creatures were native.

It also features an immersive bear viewing den, with 180-degree and floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a raised wooden walkway - offering a unique view of the animals.

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Images show the brown bears, who are believed to have lived in Britain around 1,000 AD, settling into their space, which they will share with the wolverines.

Dr Justin Morris, chief executive of Bristol Zoological Society, which operates Wild Place Project, said: 'We are delighted to be just a week away from the grand opening, after so much hard work and preparation.

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'Not only is this the most significant new addition to Wild Place Project that we have created to...
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