By Miriam Raftery
November 22, 2010 (Alpine) – “Although we are a long way from having all the funding, it looks as though Liberty will be able to call Lions, Tigers and Bears her permanent home,” founder Bobbi Brink wrote in an e-mail to supporters. Liberty is a black bear cub that was rescued and brought to the rescue facility in Alpine on July 4th. “Her new three-acre habitat will be located adjacent to the lion habitat, and will feature an animal and people friendly design.
Construction is now underway on the facility, which is being set up to accommodate up to three more rescue bears, "so Liberty can have a friend,” Brinks said.
The new enclosure will include fallen logs and a tire swing for Liberty and other rescued bears to play on.
If Lions, Tigers and Bears had not agreed to accept Liberty, the young bear would likely have been killed since it was taking food from campers in the Angeles National Forest. More donations of goods and money are needed to complete the permanent enclosure quickly, since the yearling bear is swiftly outgrowing her temporary space.
Items needed include: 3 feed shoots just like the Tigers, Gallagher powerplus s20 solar energizers 4079-need 3 of them, Gallagher MR5000 Engergizers Part Number 376504-need 3 of them, Large Porcelain fence insulators (500 of them), Tightlock High Tensile Game Fence 96" 330" rolls, Large Wenches, Chain LInk Fabric 8' 6 gauge, Chain Link Fabric 8' 9 gauge, Schedule 40 Galvanized pipe 2 3/8", Ready Mix Concrete, HR 36 Sheet Roofing, Hose Bibs, 3" Schedule 40 PVC pipe, 2" schedule 40 PVC pipe, 1" Schedule 40 PVC pipe, 4 X 4 treated lumber, 2 x 6 treated lumber, 6 x 6 treated lumber, Native Grass Seed, Marathon Grass Seed, Winter Rye Grass Seed, 4 x 8 1" plywood (2), Large Cobblestone River rock,
ou can come visit to see the progress for yourself. Lions, Tigers and Bears has visits every Wednesday and Saturday 9am to 11am. All visits are by appointment only. Call (619) 659-8078 to make an appointment. These visits are free to members and non-members can visit for a $25 donation for adults and $15 donation for kids (12 and under).