Because cubs stay with their mothers for up to two and a half years and twins are most common, females will only reproduce once every three years. A group of bears is called a sloth or sleuth. Brown bears have a high sense of smell, even better than a dog. Zoo guests might notice our bears’ noses twitching as they move around their exhibit.
Join the Forests staff for a chat about Alaskan brown bears in front of the exhibit in the Forests area. Visitors will learn about the extraordinary abilities of these omnivorous animals and how they’re particularly well adapted to live life in the great north. You’ll also hear about their social structure, eating habits, hibernation and the challenges they face in the wild.
The Animal Amigo program helps care for all of the animals at the Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, equipment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement for the animals in our care. For a donation of $100 or more, you can sponsor a brown bear at the Indianapolis Zoo. You will receive a plush, collector card, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board!Learn More
By Jill Burbank Senior Forests Keeper We recently celebrated a special birthday in the Forest area here at the Indianapolis...