Gideon is a 29 year old Syrian brown bear (Ursus arctos syriacus), which is one of roughly ten subspecies of brown bear (other subspecies include the grizzly bear and Eurasian brown bear). He was rescued from a very sad situation in a closed down zoo in 2014. Gideon was one of the last animals to be taken from the property, and the owner threatened to euthanize the bear if Noah’s Ark did not remove him the next day. He has severe arthritis from living on concrete for decades, as well as numerous dental issues from pulling on his cage wire out of boredom. He is a very docile old bear and loves digging and constructing dens, playing with toys, and lounging in his pool. Because of his advanced age and health issues, his enclosure is not as large as our other bears' multi-acre habitats, but it has a specially designed low deck, gently sloping in-ground pool, and climate controlled "house" complete with comfortable rubber mats for flooring, as well as sky lights. Being as old as he is, we feel blessed to have rescued and offered Gideon a wonderful last few chapters of his life.