Grand Canyon Teddy Bear Gifts
Grand Canyon Teddy Bear Company is located in Flagstaff, Arizona in the heart of Grand Canyon Country. The company is privately owned by Creative Gifts To Go LLC. To learn more about our parent company and its owner, Joyce Reid, explore About Creative Gifts.
Joyce conceived the idea of a village of teddy bears who have lived deep in the Grand Canyon for centuries and brought the story to life with Grand Canyon Teddy Bears. Much to her surprise, the adorable little teddy bears, each dressed in a unique costume that represents their place in the Village, have an appeal to adults and children alike. They have become collectible bears with many adults taking advantage of the “Bear of The Month”, eagerly looking forward to the next month’s surprise bear.
Straight from the Bear’s Mouth
I don’t have a name yet. I’m hoping that you’ll give me one when I come to live with you. But before you make me, or one of my many teddy bear friends, exclusively yours, let me tell you a bit about myself and my family.
Bears, like my mom and dad and all of us who live in Grand Canyon Bear Village, have made the Grand Canyon their home for centuries. There used to be a lot of us roaming throughout northern Arizona but hunters and homesteaders have forced us into smaller and smaller places to live. There used to be grizzly bears here too, but not any more.
Bears, like my family, travel up and down the steep trails, going from the Colorado River at the bottom of the Canyon all the way up to the pine forest at the top looking for food. During the winter, when deep snow covers the North Rim of the Canyon, closing it to tourists, they find a secure place to sleep all winter long until they awaken in the springtime. While they’re sleeping, they don’t eat…so they have to eat a whole lot the rest of the year to produce the fat that they live on while sleeping. It used to be easy to find lots of berries, acorns, leaves, and even small animals to eat. We were able to catch fish in the Colorado River.
But for the past few years, there hasn’t been much rain and it’s become harder and harder to find food. Besides the drought, forest fires and new homes for people have destroyed some of the land where we live and where our food grows making it more and more difficult for bears like us to survive in the wild.
But we do survive! That’s why I’m here. . . to remind you of all the bears that make their home not only in the Canyon Canyon but in other places as well. The white polar bears, up north, are finding it even harder than we are to survive as the very ice that they live on continues to melt.
My cousin, Smokey Bear’s mom, was killed in a forest fire. Smokey was just a tiny cub then. A forest ranger rescued him and took him to a kind vet that treated his burns and made him well. Smokey was never able to return to his forest home but he lived the rest of his life in the Washington National Zoo. The creator of Grand Canyon Bear Village, Joyce Reid, visited Smokey at the National Zoo in 1960 and decided to do what she could to protect all the animals here at the Canyon as well as elsewhere.
That’s our story. Whenever you see a teddy bear, think of us and all the wild animals throughout the world that are having a hard time surviving.
I’m hoping that you will let me, or one of my many teddy bear friends, come live with you, give me a name, make me yours, and love and cherish me.
Your New Best Friend From Grand Canyon Teddy Bear Village