The four grizzly bears were 16 months old when they arrived at IEAS. They were born at a facility that had an older pair of grizzly bears they didn't think were capable of breeding. The birth of these cubs caused a problem in that the facility didn't have the habitat in which to properly keep the cubs or the financing to build such a habitat.
Willie was named by Phil and Karen Dryer who generously donated the funds needed to build Willie's habitat. Willie loves to play on the branches of an old cedar tree that is left in their habitat. He will climb as high as he can and sit on one of the branches. He also enjoys playing in the pool with his brothers. That is one of his favorite summer activities. It is very entertaining to watch, so it makes it all worth it. Willie may be content just hanging out with his siblings, but he still enjoys visits from his human friends who stop by to provide him with emotional enrichment.