American black bear

American black bears, especially cubs, can be seen climbing trees in the pursuit of food or to escape predators. Black bears are efficient in the skill of hibernation. They can go many months without eating, drinking, or defacating.

Fast Facts

  • The American black bear is the smallest North American bear species.
  • They are crepuscular, meaning they're more active during dawn and dusk.
  • American black bears are omnivores, but tend to eat more plant material than other animals.

Scientific name

Ursus americanus
Range  North America
Conservation status Least concern
Diet Omnivore
Zoo name(s) Perioso
Zoo location Bear exhibit

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