Inca

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 Continue reading Inca’s lazy Sunday

Camera calamity

When two-year-old Ruby Gartshore accidentally dropped her Nanny’s camera into black bear Inca’s enclosure, DZG keepers snapped to it. They rescued the camera and posted it out to the grateful grandmother who has since sent us a donation to buy treats for 38-year-old Inca as a thank you. Senior Keeper Sam Grove used the money Continue reading Camera calamity

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 Continue reading Un-bear-lievably well

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 Continue reading Treating Inca

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 Continue reading An un-bear-lievable trail!

Throwback Thursday

We’re dipping back into the zoo archives today as part of our Throwback Thursday 80th anniversary year and this month we’re featuring our polar bears. DZG held polar bears from opening day until 1989, who all lived in one of the most iconic Tecton enclosures on site. Zoo architects adapted an existing ravine to provide a Continue reading Throwback Thursday

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 Continue reading Look who’s awake…

Snoring Inca

Asiatic black bear, Inca, is enjoying her annual semi-hibernation off show – and her snoring is echoing around the den! The cold weather has lulled the 36 year-old into a deep sleep in her indoor quarters, where she’s snuggled in a straw bed. Senior Keeper Sarah Evans, said: “Inca’s spending lots of time indoors asleep at Continue reading Snoring Inca