Nakina was born in 1998 near Delta Junction, Alaska. She arrived at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center after she was orphaned at 6 months of age. Nakina was named after a river near her birthplace. She demonstrates her tremendous balance talent everyday at the Center as she climbs the pine trees, delicately walks along narrow logs and stands on her hind legs with pieces of elk hide in her mouth. She even does stretches that resemble yoga poses.