Animal updates: Visibility of giraffes, zebras, and ostriches may be limited as our new bontebok acclimates.

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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 18

Recently, I had a guest ask me how big giant pandas are compared to other bears. Although giant pandas are called “giant,” they are actually the second-smallest bear species. The sun bear is considered the smallest bear species, weighing up to 200 pounds. Male giant pandas can weigh up to 300 pounds.
 
Cool fact: Neither species of bear hibernates! So be sure to check them both out on your next Zoo visit. In the meantime, enjoy this throwback photo of this definitely-not-giant little bear, taken four years ago this week!

(Photo: Heather R.)

Trish J.
Keeper I, Mammals

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