If you have followed this blog for awhile, you know that our photographer of record, Ken LaValley, visits the facility now and then to document the cubs and their growth. These photos help the curators and our partners at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine keep track of their progress. Ken’s photos are much more detailed and precise than the images we get from the security cameras in the enclosures or from the curators with their camera. Without further ado, here are the latest official photos of the 2021 bear cubs in Wild Enclosure #3.

Hops Bear, four months old, weighing 18.2 pounds.
Barley Bear, four months old, weighs 18.4 pounds.
Bourbon Bear, four months old, weighs 17.6 pounds.

And here is the photographer with his camera. Compared to the camera used by the curators, Ken’s is a really heavy duty model. No wonder his photos are so detailed!

We’ll take a quick look outside to see what mischief the cubs are into.

The cubs are exploring the climbing platform, Tire Bridge, and the Firehose Hammock. No doubt they are trying to figure out how to disassemble/destroy it.