Black Bear

Black Bears

Meet some of Canada’s best tree climbers. We are home to females ‘Manuka’ and ‘Teslin’ and male ‘Orson’.

The world’s most diverse species of bear

With short, curved claws, black bears are experts when it comes to climbing trees. Preferring to forage for berries and roots rather than hunt, these bears will roam for food and can consume 30,000 berries a day in a good year. They build up enough body fat over the summer months to allow them to sleep through winter in dens they dig or even in tree holes.


  • IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (at relatively low risk of extinction)
  • Type: Mammal
  • Habitat: Forests across North America
  • Diet: Omnivore – berries, leaves, fish
  • Size: 5 to 6 feet
  • Weight: 200 to 600 pounds
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Care & Conservation

How we care for them

At the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, we are bringing together our passion for plants and animals with our dedication to taking and inspiring action to sustain wildlife and wild places.
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Facts about our animals

Fun Facts about Black Bears

There are 16 subspecies of black bear.

Black bears come in a range of colours including blue-black, gray-black, brown, cinnamon, and even white.

They have flexible lips that help them to eat berries, insects, and roots.

Black bears can run at a top speed of 40 kilometres per hour.

They are proficient swimmers.

Black bears can smell food over a kilometre away.

Black Bear


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