Bramble and Ramble came to us in 2001. They were with a trainer associated with the Barnum & Bailey Circus. From the northern island of Japan, Hokkaido bears were preferred by circuses because of their dexterity, which enabled them to ride bikes and “dance” on command. When Bramble ambles into the current bear garden, he looks to the left and to the right—and then heads straight for the pool, takes a flying leap through the air, and makes a huge splash as he belly flops onto the water’s surface.
Bramble the grizzly bear can be a bit of a brat—except in this incident, it was also so cute. We hold many types of retreats here, from conservation to artistic to spiritual, in keeping with the belief that Life is not simple and we need all perspectives to help us