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WSU Bear Center

Research, Education, and Conservation

The WSU Bear Research, Education, and Conservation Center is the only grizzly bear research center of its kind in the United States. Federal and state biologists responsible for understanding and managing wild grizzly bears occasionally wanted to use captive bears in their studies. Because few zoos have the resources or sufficient numbers of bears to obtain meaningful data, the WSU Bear Center was established.

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Why a Bear Center?

Bear populations worldwide are endangered or threatened. Conservation research is a key goal of the WSU Bear Center.

A New Home

A new International Bear Center has been proposed to replace the current Bear Center on the WSU campus.


WSU scientists and students work with both free-ranging and captive bears.

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