This Refuge for Endangered Wildlife is a sanctuary where endangered animals can live out their lives in a secure place. In addition, this place is about research and education. It also a conservation centre. This wonderful place is located on the top of Grouse Mountain. The Refuge is a five-acre mountaintop habitat that is currently home to two orphaned grizzly bears and a pack of wolves.
This wilderness sanctuary desires to become a world leader in preserving both wildlife and flora at risk. In addition, this Refuge offers interpretative programs that assist in having fun when learning about nature and animals. There were also photo plaques that described what flora was present and what inhabitants lived there. The most interesting of these plagues was the stories of the bears and the wolves and how they got there. Concerning the bears, they both arrived in 2001 but they were orphaned by different circumstances. The one named Grinder was orphaned in June 5, 2001, in Invermere, British Columbia. He was found wandering alone on a logging road. He was dehydrated and weighed only 4.5kg. Grinder’s mother was never discovered. The other bear called Coola was found on the side of a highway on June 29, 2001, near Bella Coola, British Columbia. A car had hit and killed his mother and Coola and his siblings were left alone. Of the three cubs, Coola, was the only one that survived. When the conservation officer arrived on the scene he found one cub dead (he was hit by a vehicle) another one ran away from him and was never seen again and Coola was captured. The other inhabitants of the Refuge, the wolves, are former film stars. They were born into captivity and were hand raised. But since June 2004, these wolves are roaming and exploring their new mountaintop habitat too. However, they are in a separate area from the bears.
When we were here, we did see a few glimpses of the grizzlies and the wolves. But the bears were a little more camera-shy than the wolves. In fact, one of the bears that did show himself to us tourists let us know how he felt about tourists’ photo opportunities-he gave us a quick butt shot and then went back into the wilderness. Needless to say, his antics were so unexpected and quick, we couldn’t snap a photo; but then again all it would have been of was a big, dark, hairy behind. However, on another occasion we did see one of them have its face peaking out in a clearance of timber and taking his paw and washing it. But again, the bear was so quick and in a dark place, it was impossible to take a photo.
My partner and I saw the wolves and took some photos of them. They were more out in the open in their habitat. Although there were informative plagues about the wolves, my partner and I were too busy watching the wolves and snapping pictures to read them. Anyway, we did get some pictures.
The wolves were very interesting. When two workers came in to check the fence for any repairs, the wolves would keep an eye on them. They would watch them and run in the woods and then repeat this act many times. The workers did carry large sticks with them for protection.
I really like The Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. I think the natural habitat for these animals is wonderful alternative then what they poor animals could have endured otherwise. These animals have plenty of room to roam and play and the workers here appear to be very kind to them. Therefore, I highly recommend this attraction when you visit here. It like many other attractions here it is complimentary, once you pay the admission fee to get in to Grouse Mountain. And this cost is $26.95 for adults, youth $14.95 and child is $9.95 in Canadian money. Grouse Mountain is open from 9am to 10pm daily. The phone number is 604/984-0661. It is located at 6400 Nancy Green Way, North Vancouver.
The directions to Grouse Mountain are as follows: Cross the Lions Gate Bridge. Take the North Vancouver exit to Marine Drive, then turn north (left) at the first intersection, Capilano Road. Stay on Capilano Road for 5km (3.1 miles) until the road ends at the Grouse Mountain parking lot.
By public transportation, take the SeaBus to the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Take bus #236 to the Grouse Mountain parking lot. An alternative is to take bus #246 on West Georgia Street across the Lions Gate Bridge to Edgemont Village. From there, transfer to bus #232 that will take you to the Grouse Mountain parking lot.