Our amazing Asiatic black bear!

Our amazing Asiatic black bear, Inca, has flown through yet another annual health check!


The incredible 36 year-old, who’s officially the oldest black bear in Europe, underwent her yearly medical with zoo vets Peter and Elizabeth Stewart, which revealed she’s doing better than ever!

inca1Inca, who was sedated in her den for the 40-minute check-up had detailed checks of her eyes, ears, nose, mouth, teeth, pads, feet and claws, as well as undergoing routine blood tests.

The much-loved bear also had her nails trimmed as our old girl can’t wear them down as quickly herself anymore.

Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, who assisted the vets alongside Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “Inca continues to astound us all year-on-year and this time the vet also said he thought her teeth were in a better condition.

“She’s doing amazingly well for a bear of her age and has exceeded the life span of a wild Asiatic by over a decade. She’s definitely slowed down a lot these days and does spend quite a while asleep in her den, or snoozing out on her platform, but who can blame her at her age.

“As the title holder of the oldest black bear in Europe we’re delighted to have her live out her twilight days at DZG.”

  • And Inca’s set to stay toasty during winter thanks to a heat pad in her climbing frame den, purchased through generous sponsorship by mobile casino company, mFortune.