Press Release: 11/26/2012

Oakland Zoo Installs Sun Bear Webcam

Contact:
Nicky Mora, Senior Manager, Marketing/PR
(510) 632-9525 x130
nmora@oaklandzoo.org

Oakland, CA November 26, 2012

Animal lovers can now get a peek at Oakland Zoo’s three female sun bears from the comfort of their office or home. A new sun bear webcam was installed within the last few weeks at the Zoo's sun bear exhibit. Currently, the camera is pointed at a hammock the bears use often to sun bathe, take naps, and eat special treats from their Keepers.

Bear lovers can now spy on the three bears throughout the day; watching this webcam is the perfect way to take a few minutes to enjoy a little bear time, without being at the Oakland Zoo in person. In coming months, zoo staff members hope to move the camera around the exhibit and follow the bears throughout their surroundings. The bears are most active in the morning, as they investigate their spacious and lush exhibit for any changes or smells that might be different from the day before. Ting Ting is often found lying in the hammock; however, Bulan has been known to "hang out" on a log just behind the hammock structure and within the webcam’s view. Pagi loves to climb things, so she can frequently be seen climbing the logs nearby.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO'S SUN BEARS:
Some of the sun bears favorite foods are avocados, dried cranberries, and mealworms. Often times, the sun bears like to spend time slowly exploring their exhibit, climbing on small trees, sitting in a nest platforms, and foraging for food. Sun bears have long sickle shaped claws that help them break open wood and tree branches. Their tongues are eight to ten inches long and are used to forage for food in tight spaces amongst trees. Sun bears are the smallest member of the bear family and are often mistaken for baby bears. The Oakland Zoo has three female sun bears, Ting Ting, Bulan, and Pagi.

ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:

The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.


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