Kobuk was brought to AWCC in the spring of 2016. He was found as an orphan in Valdez, Alaska after his mother had been chased off by dogs. Kobuk had become dependent on searching through trash cans for food, so to stop this bad habit of his and any potential conflicts it may have caused with humans, Kobuk was rescued and transferred to AWCC. Kobuk has since thrived! He loves climbing trees, playing with balls filled with honey and blueberries as well as interacting with our animal care staff.
What’s in a name? Kobuk was named after Kobuk Valley National Park, as a tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks in 2016. Despite their name, black bears are not always black in color. To tell them apart from brown bear, instead look for traits like taller ears, straighter face profiles, and a lack of a shoulder hump.