North American Black Bears
Habitat: Black Bear Falls
Typically solitary, Zoo Knoxville’s American black bears spend much of their time together, playing, foraging, and exploring. Excellent climbers due to their smaller size and thick claws, our younger bears can sometimes be found chasing one another up the trees in play. On a hot day, you may even find our bears taking a dunk in the pool.
Did You Know?
Found most often in forested areas, American black bears are the most populous bear species in the world. They range from Canada down to Florida and have made a rebound in areas where they had been previously overhunted. Their greatest threat in the wild is humans, both due to habitat destruction and human encroachment on their territory. For more information, check out https://appalachianbearrescue.org/.