Alaskan Brown Bear
Alaskan Brown Bear
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ABout Alaskan Brown Bear

THE ALASKAN BROWN BEAR IS BEIGE TO DARK BROWN IN COLOR AND IS DISTINGUISHED BY A LARGE HUMP OF MUSCLE MASS BETWEEN THEIR SHOULDERS.

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 powerful sense of smell, even better than a dog. Zoo guests might notice our bears’ noses twitching as they move around their exhibit.

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FACTS & STATISTICS
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Average Size
5 to 8 feet in length,
700 pounds
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Native Region
North America, Europe, Asia
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Eating Habits
Nuts, berries, fruit, leaves, roots, fish, and larger game
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Conservation Status
Low Concern
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Come see for yourself.

Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

Where are they at the Zoo?
The Alaskan Brown Bears are located in the Forest Exhibit
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Additional Experiences
Alaskan Brown Bear Chat
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Alaskan Brown Bear Chat

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.

Conservation Efforts for Alaskan Brown Bear

What Can You Do?

Everyone has the power to help save wild things and wild places. That power is your individual voice, your awareness and your actions. So in addition to visiting the Zoo and meeting our animal ambassadors, here are a few simple suggestions that will help save their counterparts in the wild:

  • When you go camping, secure all of your food and trash items to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife into campsites.
  • Follow the Leave No Trace principles whenever you’re spending time in nature.
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Sponsor a Bear

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!

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