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Bear-y Good News: Oakland Zoo Welcomes Orphaned Cubs to New California Trail Expansion

June 26, 2018

Although featured on the state flag of California, very few grizzly bears remain in the contiguous United States today.

Two grizzly and two brown bear cubs recently made their way from Anchorage, Alaska to Oakland, Calif. aboard a FedEx Express jet.

The orphaned cubs, all one-year-old boys, came from mothers who were designated as public threats by the Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife. Since the cubs could not be released back into the wild, the Oakland Zoo built them a 2.5-acre natural habitat in the new California Trail expansion. It comes equipped with a pool, a waterfall, several dens and trees for climbing.

FedEx donated its services for this special delivery as part of the FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” effort, which supports the movement of rescued and endangered animals.

Visit the for more information about these p-awesome cubs and the California Trail.


    Patricia McKee says:

    This is music to my ears, “AWESOME” Go FEDEX! 🙂

    Anne Brunelle says:

    Thanks for posting this. I really like hearing about the special transport of animals that FedEx does.

    william fones says:

    FedEx supports the hometown grizzly also.

    Todd Dolce' says:

    Appreciate posts like these that highlight a sense of compassion and decency that is lost in today’s news stories around the world.

    Rachelle Bowman says:

    This is why I work for FedEx!

    David Nichols says:

    Stories like this make me proud to be an employee, keep up the good work folks.

    Mary says:

    Bravo FedEx!


    Definitely this is one of the parts that I am proud to be part of this great company because things like this inspires me to know more than we do for the nature excellent action congratulations!!!

    Teri Davidson says:

    You guys are wonderful! Thank you so much for helping to save these precious animals.

    Tony Armata says:

    Seems like this is the epitome of a “dangerous goods” shipment! Great story.

    Ann Golladay says:

    Hooray for FedEx!!! Love all of wildlife and we need to take care of what we have. Way to go FedEx!!!

    Mervi Gotch says:

    FedEx is the BEST!

    Penney D Mathis says:

    Thank you FedEx!!! Great company and great job!!

    Lori Green says:

    We get so caught up in our daily shipping world that we forget about this side of transportation. I found this post so inspiring that I shared it with others here at work that rely on transportation to preform their job duties. THANK YOU for the post <3

    Barbara Z. says:

    I absolutely ❤️It!
    Thank you Fedex.

    Kathleen Redmond says:

    It so nice to work for company that supports our furry friends. BZ to our Alaska/California crews!

    Erin says:

    Poor babies lost their moms 🙁 so glad that they were saved! Love this!! Great job!

    Jennifer Vozella says:

    Thank you for posting the bear cubs’ journey! It’s nice to see happy endings!

    Miguel Herrera says:

    That was just a great decency in an age of indecency. This says a lot about FX. “When it absolutely, positively has to be Bear overnight.”

    Patty says:

    Such good news for these boys! Thank you Fed Ex!!

    Mike says:

    Nice to heat good news, great job

    Jill says:

    What a wonderful story! Thanks for posting FED-X!

    Sali says:

    Can I get one of those bear boxes to put on my porch so people don’t steal my packages?

    Mary Vilaga says:

    THANK YOU FEDEX for saving them!!! AWESOME work!!! Now our kids can see more bears in the future. We will visit them in the Oakland Zoo. Great job. I’m so happy hearing news like this nowadays. Thanks again.

    Linda says:

    This is wonderful to hear!! Thank you to FedEx for your help to save these bear cubs.. FedEx has always “filled the bill”
    when it came to taking card of business for me and mine!

    KEN M HOLLEMAN says:

    Thanks for the posting. It’s nice to hear a story not involving pain and suffering for our fellow animals, rather one with compassion and kindness towards sentient beings.

    Anonymous says:

    Retired UPS employee,,, BUT “Great Job” there Fed-X!

    Olga says:

    That is so nice!Thank u FEDEX!

    Reneevee Rodriguez says:

    FED-Ex Thank you for caring, always appreciate when companies actually do good things for animals best interest. Good story!!!

    Debbie Rodriguez says:

    What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing

    Pam says:

    I love this! It’s fantastic!
    FedEx is a great company.
    Thanks FedEx!

    eileen graiani says:

    This is the first time I heard that Fed Ex transports animals. The employees should all be very proud to work for this great company. Way to go fed ex.

    Barbara Butler says:

    Thank you FedEx for taking care of some of America’s native species!

    Phyllis Fehn says:

    Thank you FedEx. I’m happy that you are caring people to help out the animals. I wish I lived in Oakland so I can visit the zoo at times and watch the bears. I”m really glad they got there safely. Thank you for caring and helping the Bears out.

    Judi Jackson says:

    Major kudos to FedX for an awesome job!

    Lola Estrada says:

    As am employee of FedEx I just love to hear this and all that FedEx does in charity works with humanity and animals.
    Fedex is a company I am proud to be a part of

    Dennis in NC says:

    Great story. FedEx rocks.

    Dava Cole says:

    All right Fed Ex… you rock!!! You donate and do much… a great Corporate outlook!!!!

    Anonymous says:

    Great job FedEx!

    Katherine Myers says:

    Great story. Thank you for posting. Thanks to FedEx for an awesome job!

    Ally S says:

    I had no idea FedEx did charity for animals. As an animal lover, I am so happy that you are helping with animal conservation. Thanks for sharing!

    Janna Kelley says:

    This talks to the heart of Fed Ex. The care you all showed through their travel brought me happy tears. You’re role modeling what it means to have a higher purpose. Keep showing us because we, your customers, are watching and cheering you on. My best to each and every Fed Ex employee, Janna

    john bell says:

    Thanks for posting and help saving the Bears. It is about time people think about our animals.

    Hilde Hithe says:

    Awesome…thanks so much FedEx….and to all of the FedEx employees who worked so hard to make this happen, and for all you do everyday…

    Patricia Coursey says:

    I retired from FedEd I’ve seen a lot of different animals transported by our FedEd planes to different Zoo’s my favorite was Cranberry the Polar bear that went to Denver Colorado Zoo. I had yearly tickets to the Memphis Zoo I would go a lot and sit and see her. I hope she’s happy but she took a ride on a FedEx jet

    K bruce says:

    Thank you FedEx for showing you care about those bears hopefully more people will follow by your example.People need to care about our wildlife and respect it keep up good work

    Madeline Novicky says:

    . Thank you FedEx! What a great company with great employees. Keep up the wonderful work. God bless you all!

    Christina says:

    Thank you for your caring support of animals in need. We are bombarded with negative stories daily and we need to hear more uplifting stories like this. Thank you for sharing.

    Lisa W. says:

    Awesome ❤️❤️FedEx ❤️❤️and Thank You!!

    Melinda says:

    I knew I liked FedEx! The world needs more companies and individuals who believe in helping animals. Kudos!

    AmyAnn says:

    Great story! And thank you FedEx for caring. Not only from this story, but everything you do for small business like me!

    Holly Cariola says:

    Yabooo…great job Fed Ex! I bears & this story made me very happy.

    Denise V. says:

    Way to FedEx

    Susan P says:

    This is wonderful! Thank you Fed Ex

    Charlie Ensley says:

    I miss this part of the job as a retired FedEx pilot. I use to fly different animals during my 31 year career and it was always a highlight of the job.

    ellen says:

    great job fedex !!!!
    love this xo

    Abigail says:

    They are so cute, go Fedex!

    Kathleen Wilber says:

    Great work FedEx!

    Kimberly says:

    This makes me feel HONORED to be a part of the FedEx team! I’m so glad that FexEx cares exist. Especially since I rescue and foster kittens when I’m not delivering the purple promise! Proud team member since 2016! Center 5681 🙂

    Jane Doskal says:

    THANK YOU!!! You guys ROCK!!!!!

    Pamela T Lutton says:

    Thank you for being part of the solution!

    Pam says:

    Thank you, Fed Exp for taking care of the animals!

    Nancy Johnson says:

    I love these bears. They remind me of children having a good time in their pool with their friends.

    Thank you FedEx for donating the transportation for these beautiful, amazing animals.

    Dena Durand says:

    This is awesome, I wish we could do this more often for more animals.

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