Get to Know the Calgary Zoo’s Bears

Bears are the ultimate symbol of Canadian wilderness and the Calgary Zoo’s grizzly and black bears are no exception. Watch them lumber, dig, scratch and swim in the Canadian Wilds. Skoki, our male grizzly, is one of six rescue bears to have found refuge at the zoo since 1966. With his awesome presence and big personality, he plays an important role as an ambassador for his wild relatives.

Canadian Wilds Mini Map

You can find this animal in
Canadian Wilds

Exhibit Details

Approximate Feeding Times

Daily: Morning, as the zoo opens

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Meet Our Bears

Black Bear

Black Bear

Flexible feeders

Black bears aren’t much for hunting. Instead, you just may see them sticking out their tongues and using their flexible lips to eat grasses, roots, berries and insects. Also look for their short, curved claws, which make them top-notch tree climbers.

Status in the Wild

Source: SARA

Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

Buff Berry Hunters

Grizzly bears are big. Really big. The large hump over their shoulders is pure muscle – they use it to dig their dens and get to roots and rodents to eat. With strength like that, it’s no surprise that they’re great hunters, but they prefer to eat berries, nuts and leaves.

Status in the Wild

Source: SARA


Lost Bear - Sharing Skoki's Story

Skoki, the zoo’s male grizzly, came to the zoo as a rescue bear. Today, he inspires zoo visitors with his awesome presence, big personality and sad story.

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Learning Centre

Black bears come in a full array of colours including blue-gray or blue-black, brown, cinnamon and even (rarely) white.

Important Facts

Here's where we call home.

Black bear: Canada, United States, Mexico

Grizzly bear: Canada, United States


Are you ready to make some new animal friends?

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