Chicagoans can soon get up close and personal with a few Bears, and they won't even need shoulder pads or helmets.
"We want to inspire the visitors so they care about nature and conservation," said bear keeper Stephanie Rhodes.
The bears should feel truly at home in the 7.5-acre project. Approximately $27.3 million was spent on 30,000 plants and 70,000 gallons of water in order to create an authentic habitat with a prairie, forest, and tundra, according to the AP.
The exhibit—which also features wolves, bison, and bald eagles—allows visitors to stand mere inches from the grizzly and polar bears, behind the safety of a thick, acrylic panel.
"I still get goosebumps," Rhodes told the Sun-Times.
Or is that, bearbumps?