An incredible ambassador

Thirty-eight-year-old Asiatic black bear, Inca, was an incredible ambassador to her species. At the time of her death earlier this year, Inca was the titleholder of the oldest known moon bear in Europe, having outlived the typical life expectancy of her kind by more than a decade. And she’s continuing to do remarkable things for […]

Death of Inca

It is with great sadness we announce the loss of our beloved Inca, the Asiatic black bear. Inca passed away last night at the grand age of 38, holding the title of the oldest known moon bear in Europe. Curator Richard Brown said: “Inca was very special to DZG and had outlived the typical life […]

Inca’s lazy Sunday

Asiatic black bear, Inca, is enjoying a thoroughly lazy Sunday as she begins her annual spell of semi-hibernation. The 38-year-old female – thought to be the oldest bear of her kind in the world – was spotted taking it nice and easy this weekend. Inca goes into semi-hibernation, or a period of torpor, in her […]

Un-bear-lievably well

DZG’s black bear Inca – thought to be the oldest in the world – is doing un-bear-lievably well after sailing through her annual health check. And one of the key factors helping the much-loved 38-year-old’s current fine form is this heatwave, which is doing her joints the world of good. As the oldest Asiatic black […]

Treating Inca

DZG’s Asiatic black bear, Inca, is well and truly spoilt by keepers, who buy her tasty goodies each month. Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans, regularly spends her own money to treat the UK’s last remaining moon bear, with sugar-free jams including mixed fruit and strawberry, peanut butter, apple sauce and honey. Sarah said: “At 37 years-old […]

Going on a bear hunt…

Have you spotted Sunny Dudley yet in Birmingham’s Big Sleuth adventure trail? We’d love you to snap a selfie with our colourful bear and tag us in on Facebook and Twitter, so we can see her summer holiday visitors. Our sponsored bear can be found in Oozells Square in Brindleyplace and is number 55 ‘Enlightenment’ […]

An un-bear-lievable trail!

We’re really excited to be involved in Birmingham’s summer adventure trail – The Big Sleuth – especially as DZG is home to the UK’s last remaining Asiatic black bear. DZG’s Marketing Team at The Big Sleuth launch © Daniel Graves Photography The free public art trail started yesterday with 100 giant sun bears appearing around […]

Birthday girl, Inca!

We’re wishing our beautiful Inca bear a very happy 37th birthday today! The Asiatic black bear, who’s surpassed the species’ typical life expectancy by more than a decade, will be receiving some extra treats from keepers today, including her favourite quail and sprats. And as a special gift for Inca, DZG has signed up as […]

Look who’s awake…

Look who’s awake! Our gorgeous grand old lady, Inca, has awoken from her semi-hibernation and has been spotted enjoying the sunny weather outdoors. The 36 year-old, who is officially the oldest Asiatic black bear in Europe, stretched her legs with a gentle amble around the back of her enclosure, before settling down in the warm woodchip […]