Our Bears and their Habitat
WHERE THE BEARS LIVE
Ted, Honey, Lucky and Holly live in 2.5 acres of natural forest that includes man-made dens and a pond.
They roam the forest and play in the cool pond. Honey likes to sleep in shaded daybeds in the forest. Lucky hides toys and food in secret caches on the forest floor. Ted enjoys resting on his “log” by the pond area. New little Holly (age 1) will begin exploring, playing, and developing relationships with the other three this spring.
Visitors and Pond Chatters watch the bears forage for wild hazelnuts, berries, and greens, and for foods the caretakers scatter and hide around the pond at the forest edge. Some of the wild foods are pictured here:
Foods provided by caretakers include nuts, grapes, carrots, romaine lettuce, raw eggs, canned tuna fish, peanut butter, and a variety of fruits and berries. The bears’ diets are carefully monitored and recorded every day in cooperation with our veterinarians and USDA inspectors. You can help feed our bears by making a donation to our account at Nuts.com. For more information, click here.
Visitors also watch the bears coexist nicely with wild mammals and birds that visit the enclosure. Chipmunks and bears eat nose to nose. Snowshoe hares nibble plants as the bears pass by. Mallard ducklings that apparently hatched in the enclosure swim with their mothers among bathing bears. Birdfeeders under the viewing deck attract birds, squirrels, chipmunks, ducks, and more. All are welcome.
Pictured are some of the wild mammals and birds that share the enclosure.
Watch the Pond Cam to see the bears and other wildlife in action. Be sure to ask our Pond Chat Moderators for feeding and enrichment times throughout the day. In winter, watch the Den Cam to see what happens in their dens. It’s more than we had thought.
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Visit Lucky's Page
Visit Holly's Page