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The Bear Center is supported by federal and state wildlife conservation agencies, federal research foundations, and private donations.

Your donations will:

  • Enrich the lives of the captive bears through providing special treats and toys
  • Help build the bears a new home with more space and resources
  • Support the students that conduct research and care for the bears

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Young bear lying down

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.