Earthfire Stories

From our wildlife ambassadors to rehabilitation patients and local wildlife, these posts tell the stories of animals that call Earthfire Institute home.

close up of a North american porcupine foraging with trees and fall foliage in the background
From the creosote deserts of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States up the length of the Rockies and across the northern sweep of the continent wanders a remarkable, independent...
Purcupine laying on a wooden platform

Below is a fascinating example of porcupine intelligence. The idea might be strange to many of us, but when you think of it, all animals must have an adaptable intelligence...

Bear den in an enclosure for rescued bears
Bear Garden Diaries

Our very sleepy and seasonably plump bears recently settled in for their long winter’s nap, but that doesn’t mean work on their new gardens has slowed down. The landscapers are...

Grizzly bear sitting in front of a waterfall

We all know the look. It’s the same look a child has when they’ve been caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Many of us have seen cute viral...

Grizzly bear laying on his stomach in the snow
Bear Garden Diaries

Fall is in the air and Mother Nature has already given us our first dusting of snow here in the valley. The days are shorter and cooler, so the construction...

Grizzly bear swimming in a manmade pond
Bear Garden Diaries

We are already four months into construction on our new Bear Gardens, which means we are approximately halfway through the build. Construction is scheduled for completion by January 1! The...

Baby chipmunk being fed with a syringe by a wildlife rehabilitator
Outfoxed By a Chipmunk

She came to us tiny, cold, and limp, a baby chipmunk barely a few weeks old. Prospects didn’t seem good. But it is amazing what warmth and tiny doses of...

Red ant on a leaf

Yesterday, I had a conversation with an ant. A tiny little red one. Well, maybe it wasn’t a conversation, as it was sort of one-way, but I enjoyed it. Most...

Brown bear playing in a pond

When the bears wake up, it is a wondrous occasion. The land begins to pulse with their powerful presence. They emerge slowly, tentatively—is it time yet? A nose. Sleepy little...

Woman holding a black and white fox

A few weeks ago, our very beloved fox Loki passed away due to kidney failure. He was with us for nine glorious years, quite long for a fox that had...

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