WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) -- The Wildlife Center of Virginia is dedicating a new outdoor housing area for bears.
The teaching and research hospital for native wildlife is set to hold a ceremony for the soon-to-be-opened Black Bear Rearing and Rehabilitation Complex on Tuesday.
Officials say the new facility is under construction behind the center's clinic in Waynesboro. It is designed to provide long-term outdoor housing for black bear cubs and yearling bears that are admitted as patients.
The $450,000 complex includes three large areas with natural forest habitat and will allow cubs and yearling bears to learn the skills needed to survive in the wild.
This year, the center has admitted an all-time record of 25 black bears.
Since its founding in 1982, the center has cared for more than 60,000 wild animals.
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