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The bears will be featured in A Grizzly Experience, an educational bear exhibit. The Osborns and their bears will make three or four appearances each day during each of the three-day ExpoSure shows. The bears will exhibit many of their natural behaviors, while patrons will learn about bear safety, what to do if you encounter a bear in the wild, the bear species in North America, and the magic of how bears are trained for the movies. Throughout the day, show guests will witness Yogi and the cubs playing in their pool and enclosure while interacting with their handler and showing the amazing bond between Grizzly and man.
“We’ll talk about bear safety, the biology and anatomy of bears, different species of bears,” Dexter Osborn said of A Grizzly Experience. “And we’ll give everybody a close-up look at the bears.”
The Osborns have had the 600-pound Yogi since he was an 8-month-old cub. He was born in a facility in Georgia where there was no room for him so he was adopted by the Osborns. Yogi is now standing 7' tall on his hind legs and can walk on his hind legs, lay down, crawl, hold a bottle and drink and roaring. Yogi will be appearing in the upcoming series "Manifesto."
The couple got Lea at 9 months old for the same reason after the bear was born in captivity in Indiana.
Dexter Osborn, 32, has been working and training animals since he began helping at a small zoo near his home in Florida at the age of 12. He has experience working with alligators, snakes, elephants and big cats, but his favorite animal has always been the bear.
“Bears are extremely intelligent animals,” he said. “You learn something new with them every day.
“All of the training is done through positive reinforcement, mutual respect, mutual trust,” he explained. “You start them at a young age and develop a daily routine for them. They’re just like raising kids.”
The Osborns and their bears have traveled throughout the U.S. for the past 11 years, putting on A Grizzly Experience at numerous stops. The bears have also appeared in several movies and TV series.
Under the guidance of trainers Dexter and Megan Osborn, Yogi and Lea and possibly Teddy will be featured guests at the four 2019 ExpoSure outdoors and recreation shows.
Yogi is an 8-year-old male Alaskan grizzly. Lea is a 2-year-old female Kodiak brown bear and Teddy is a 1-year-old black bear.
Yogi filming in "Manifesto"