Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo held a ribbon cutting and grand opening event for a spacious new habitat for Andean bears on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m.
The new habitat welcomes back a species that was last part of the Zoo’s animal family in 2011. This large and beautiful habitat for the arboreal (tree-climbing) bears features two large guest viewing areas. Inside the habitat are trees, two rock caves, a swimming pond and a hammock.
Native to the Andes and outlying mountain ranges, the bears’ conservation status is listed as vulnerable, with a decreasing population in the wild. They are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) program.
Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org.