AKRON -- It's getting' grizzly at the Akron Zoo.
Two bears -- Jackson and Cheyenne -- have arrived at their new home at the Grizzly Ridge exhibit, which debuts at the Akron Zoo on July 20.
Jackson and Cheyenne, brother and sister bears, came from the Cleveland Zoo where they have been since August of 2011.
"We've known all along that two of our four grizzly cubs would be heading to Akron at some point," said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Executive Director Dr. Chris Kuhar. "The Akron Zoo is a great institution and we were happy to help care for the bears while their new exhibit was under construction."
The bears will be spending the next few weeks getting acclimated to their new home.
Both animals are two years old and currently weigh approximately 300 pounds.
"Grizzlies aren't really considered full-grown until they are 4 or 5 years old," said Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Curator of Animals Travis Vineyard. "And an adult male grizzly bear can weigh upwards of 900 pounds when fully grown."
Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis), a subspecies of brown bear, were once widespread throughout the U.S. and Canada. Their range has shrunk toward the northwest with most now occurring in Alaska and western Canada, although their numbers are on the rise in some areas of the contiguous U.S., especially in and around Yellowstone National Park.
Grizzlies in the wild have an average lifespan of 20-30 years, and typically live a few years longer in captivity. They are solitary animals in the wild, unless a mother is caring for cubs, in which case the cubs will stay with the mother for up to three years.
In addition to the bears, Grizzly Ridge will feature multiple species including red wolves, coyotes, river otters and bald eagles.