Swimming, climbing and foraging are all favorite activities of black bears, and you may see a round of playful wrestling under way, too. All that activity can tire a bear out, so be sure to take a peek through the portholes into their dens to see if they are napping.   Although bears slow down a bit in the winter months, Zoo Knoxville’s bears are active year-round.



North American Black Bears


Keeper chats scheduled Memorial Day through Labor Day.