We do not inherit the
earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from
our children.
- Native American Wisdom

Adopt a Bear

Black bears (Ursus americanus) -- the only bear species still found in Arizona -- can occasionally be seen in the (east) Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park.  The black bear is the smallest, and most widely distributed, North American bear. The species generally lives in higher elevation habitats, and individual animals can roam an area of seven to fifteen square miles.

Bears are most active at dawn and at dusk. They may visit areas of human use because they are in search of food; attractive food for bears could include unsecured garbage, birdseed, pet food, fruit trees, and some gardens.

Conflicts associated with black bears include public safety concerns and possible property damage. Most conflicts are the result of people unintentionally providing bears with access to food sources -- the animals can raid dumpsters, garbage cans and barbecue grills looking for an easy meal.

With our Adopt a Bear revenue, FOSNP is able to assist the Park in conducting critically-important wildlife research.  NPS rangers, in cooperation with researchers from the University of Arizona, are able to assess the status and distribution of bears within the confines of Saguaro National Park, and to evaluate habitat connectivity between the Park and adjacent lands.

You can Adopt a Bear for a minimum $35 per adoption.

Just click here, and submit to FOSNP.  Your transaction/donation will be secured through PayPal.