North American
Black Bears

Habitat: Black Bear Falls

Black Bear Falls is a multi-level habitat inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains. The 40-foot log tunnel takes visitors to a vantage point in the center of the habitat and offers glimpses into the bear dens. Our bears also enjoy swimming, so don’t miss the water viewing area! Zoo Knoxville’s bears came here to live because they had lost their fear of humans, and experts determined the bears could not be rehabilitated and returned to the wild. 

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IUCN RED LIST STATUS

Least Concern

EXPERIENCES

Keeper chats are scheduled seasonally from Memorial Day through Labor Day.