Grizzly Bear Ursus arctos horribilus


Grizzly bears are incredibly strong diggers! Their claws, which can be up to six inches long, act like small rakes and they have giant shoulders to help move tons of dirt to search for food and make a den. Grizzly bears will spend the winter in their den in a state of torpor which helps them conserve energy and survive the long winter months.

As omnivores, grizzly bears eat a huge variety of foods! Anything from berries and nuts to fish and deer is on the menu!
Forests in the northwest of North America.

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Some grizzlies in the wild have come to rely on humans and their spaces to find tasty snacks which endangers both the bear and human’s safety. Riverbanks helps educate guests about how to be responsible visitors to wild spaces to prevent bears from picking up these dangerous habits.

Butch was an orphaned cub in Alaska along with his siblings, Sundance and Tundra. Riverbanks Zoo teamed up with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to give Butch a forever home since he was too young to survive in the wild on his own.

See him during a Riverbanks Backstage Encounter.

Visit Butch at his habitat.