Location: Townsend, Tennessee, United States
Issue Areas: Animal Welfare and Rights, Ursids, Wildlife Habitat Conservation

The Appalachian Bear Center [ABC] is a one of a kind black bear rehabilitation, research and education facility. Located just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the ABC is a not-for-profit 501[c]3 organization that has been returning black bears back to the wild since 1996.

Each year black bears from our national parks and surrounding areas are orphaned, injured or in need of medical care.

Thanks to the Appalachian Bear Center, these bears are given a second chance.

ABC`s three-fold mission is:

–to rehabilitate orphaned and injured bears for release to the wild;

–to educate the public about black bears and the regional threats facing them; and

–to research bear attributes which may help solve other environmental or health related issues.