Bringing the zoo to you: all about bears

Animal keepers from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, a community partner with Amazon, welcome you for a virtual visit to their 92-acre urban oasis. Founded in 1899, the zoo is committed to saving animals and their habitats in the wild through more than 35 wildlife conservation projects in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

In this video, zookeeper Susan introduces us to twin brother grizzly bears, Keema and Denali, who live in the Northern Trail region of the zoo. In this habitat, the bears have access to a stream and deep pool where they can fish for live trout. The 26-year-old twins are known as “opportunistic omnivores,” which means they’ll eat food (everything from fish to berries) whenever and wherever they can find it.

In Washington, you’re unlikely to see grizzlies in the wild; in fact there are only 10 of them in the entire state. You could, on the other hand, spot a black bear in the wild; there are about 25,000 of this species found in Washington.

Grizzly bears, which are sometimes called brown bears, are an endangered species in the lower portion of the United States. To help safely coexist with these bears, it’s important to remember two rules: 1) never feed bears; and 2) when you’re hiking or camping, stay in groups so that you’re noisy enough that you never surprise a bear.

Watch the video to learn even more about these awe-inspiring giants.

Virtual Kids Week activities are intended for children with involvement from a parent or guardian.