AKRON, Ohio - The Akron Zoo welcomed two new members to its family this week.
Brother and sister grizzly bears, Jackson and Cheyenne, arrived at the Akron Zoo late this week after spending two years at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The pair will now call the Akron Zoo's new Mike and Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge exhibit home.
"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 ready to be on exhibit when Grizzly Ridge has its grand opening on July 20.
"We are very excited to be welcoming Jackson and Cheyenne to the Akron Zoo and are extremely grateful to Cleveland for providing exceptional care for them over the past two years," said Akron Zoo President and CEO L. Patricia Simmons.
Jackson and Cheyenne joined Cleveland's other two grizzly cubs, Cody and Cooper, in August 2011. The four cubs were about seven months old at the time and weighed less than 100 pounds. Today, the four bears are about two years old and in the 300-pound range and still growing.
Cody and Cooper will remain on exhibit in Cleveland.
Grizzlies in the wild have an average lifespan of 20-30 years, and usually live a few years longer in captivity.