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Life Is Good!

RMZ have recently improved the habitat for our two Syrian Brown bears - a special climbing frame, platform, swimming pool, rock walls - all designed to help give these super intelligent mammals an enriched experience as possible.

 

Syrian brown bears are now extremely rare in the wild, and critically endangered.

The Syrian Brown Bear (Ursus arctos syriacus) is the smallest subspecies of Brown Bear.

They are omnivorous, eating almost any type of food, including meat, grass, and fruits.

This subspecies occupies a large area in western Asia, but their population is declining due to habitat destruction, poaching, and fragmentation of population.

Syrian brown bears were historically found in Anatolia (Turkey), Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Iran, and parts of Afghanistan and NW Pakistan.

 

Small is of course relative! Small for a brown bear compared to the huge brown bears of North America such as the Kodiak Bear, or of the Russian far east - they are still large and powerful animals, weighing perhaps 200 - 250Kg.

 

Royal Melbourne Zoo, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

  

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Taken on May 23, 2009