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    Bear Awareness Day 2014

    Presented by at Houston Zoo

    March 8, 2014

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    Bear Awareness Day 2014

    The Houston Zoo presents Bear Awareness Day 2014. Bear Awareness Day at the Houston Zoo is designed to enlighten and educate the public about the integral role that bears play in nature, as well as the importance of respecting biological diversity.

    Join us for Bear Awareness Day! See the Carnivore keepers pitch camp and have a picnic in the bear exhibit and show us the right and wrong ways to camp in bear country.  Find out some cool bear facts and how you can help save bears in the wild.

    Kids can experience how to forage for food like a bear and color a bear mask!

    All activities will be happening in or near our bear habitats.

    This event is free with your paid zoo admission and is free for zoo members!

    About Bears
    Black bears (Ursus americanus) are a part of the heritage of Texas. Historically, black bears were widely distributed throughout all major eco-regions in Texas prior to 1820. Their last strongholds in East Texas were in the swamps and thickets of the Big Thicket Region of southeast Texas. The majority of the remaining bears were exterminated from this area during the period between 1900 and 1940.

    Today, black bears are returning to their historic range in Texas. Since 1977, The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has documented black bear sightings and mortalities in Texas. Observations in the 1990s indicate the return of a few black bears to the remote forests of East Texas, primarily composed of transient, solitary males.

    There is no current evidence of a resident breeding population of black bears in East Texas; however, increased sightings combined with bear recovery and range expansion in bordering Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma will increase bear occurrence and activity in East Texas in the next few years.

    Houston Zoo

    6200 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston, Tx 77030

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    Admission Info:

    This event is free with your paid Zoo admission. This event is FREE for Zoo Members.

    General Admission
    Children Under 2 – FREE
    Children 2-11 – $10
    Adults 12-64 – $14
    Senior 65+ – $7.50

    Children under two years of age are always admitted free of charge.

    General Day and Time Info:

    10:00 am – 3:00 pm


    Phone: 713.533.6500

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