October 13, 2012 through March 24, 2013

Main Gallery

"If you talk to the animals, they will talk to you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them. And what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears one destroys." – Chief Dan George

Over the centuries, the relationship that Californians have had with the grizzly bear is one of dualities – expressed in fear and fascination.

Related Programs

  • Storytime, Bring your Teddy Bear for Bear stories – December 08, 2012
  • Conversation with a Naturalist – January 17, 2013

Exhibit Description

Once the Bay Area was rich in natural resources. The abundance of food was shared between the hierarchy of wildlife and the native peoples; there was plenty for all. In just a few decades, this would change. The biggest threats to the new land uses would be wiped out, and by 1900, Grizzlies, once prolific here on the peninsula, had been hunted to extinction.

Through stories, artifacts, striking images, and hands-on activities this Exhibit Envoy exhibit customized with local artifacts from the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area, provides an in-depth look at the history and science of California’s most revered and feared animals.

Exhibit Highlights

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