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Sun Bear Cam
Live from the Oakland Zoo

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You are watching three female sun bears roaming about their exhibit.


Look closely, do you see a bear? The three bears in this exhibit like to climb trees, sleep in their hammocks, bask in the sun, balance on downed trees, and build dens near their pond. Sun bears are the smallest bear species. They can grow to be around 4.5 feet tall and weigh between 60-140 pounds. Their key characteristics are sleek black fur, a yellow crescent-shaped breast mark, and a greyish or orange muzzle. Some say, the sun bear was the inspiration for the character Winnie the Pooh. Do you see any similarities? These particular bears you are watching love to eat avocados, honey, and peanut butter as treats. Zoo keepers hide treats throughout the spacious exhibit, to encourage the bears to forage for food, as they would in the wild. You might see them playing with a ball, shaking a milk carton, or unwrapping boxes. Zoo keepers and volunteers create enrichment or puzzles to keep the bears stimulated throughout the day.