Brown bear

About This Project

It may look quite cuddly, but the brown bear is a powerful animal, one of the largest terrestrial carnivores: it can weigh as much as 700 kg! It has a wide distribution, and though Alaskan bears are especially large, the ones found in southern Europe weigh less than 100 kg…

It is omnivorous and particularly likes fruit and plants which it finds by smell rather than sight.

The species is not at risk at global level, though some populations are, especially in France: there are approximately 24 bears left in the Pyrenees (2013 data).

Two brothers live at the zoo. They have kept to their natural rhythm, hibernating in their dens, depending on the weather, from November to February. Outside this period, you might see them swimming in their pool, which has an underwater viewing window.

Latin name: Ursus arctos
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae
Size: 1.3-3 m long, 0.9 to 1.5 m tall
Weight: 80 to 700 kg
Lifespan: 25 years in the wild, 40 years in captivity
Gestation: 6 – 8.5 months
Number of young: 1 to 3
Habitat: mainly forests, mountains
Diet: herbivorous, frugivorous, insectivorous, carnivorous, piscivorous!
Distribution: north-western North America, northern Asia, Middle East, eastern Europe and small populations in western Europe.
Conservation status: not at risk