Bearizona celebrating 1st anniversary in Northern Ariz.

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Updated Thursday, May 19 at 11:14 AM

PHOENIX -- Bearizona Wildlife Park, a 150-acre drive-through wildlife park located in Williams, is celebrating its first anniversary.

Animals are displayed in large naturalistic enclosures, which are viewed along a three-mile drive, and in the Fort Bearizona walk-through area.

Vanessa Stoffel from Bearizona Wildlife Park introduced Kaley O'Kelley to some of the zoo's smaller residents and gave her the lowdown on the upcoming anniversary celebration.

Earlier this year, we met Doc, the first bear cub born at Bearizona. (He was the cutest thing, ever.) Much bigger now, Doc and a bear cub rescued from Missouri both call the wildlife park home.

Bearizona, which is 30 minutes west of Flagstaff and only two hours northwest of Phoenix, opened for their 2011 season on March 1 and is open seven days a week.

Part of the anniversary celebration on Sunday with be the first free-flight of the High Country Raptors, which now call Bearizona home.

The park opens at 8 a.m. There will be a barbecue at noon (plates are $5-$7), followed by the free-flight at 2 p.m. In addition, birthday cake will be available starting at 2 p.m. The park closes at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.Bearizona.com.

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