Bears in East Texas?? That’s right!! Black bears are returning to what historically was their home. In 1992 the Louisiana black bear, (Ursus americanus luteolus), was listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Today, populations are finding their way back to East Texas. Their decline was attributed to human disturbance, hunting, and habitat loss.
In 2005 the East Texas Black Bear Task Force was formed as a subcommittee of the Black Bear Conservation Coalition www.bbcc.org . The task force promotes the restoration of the black bear in its historic range of East Texas through education, research, and habitat management by bringing together individuals, organizations, and state and federal government representatives to support the recovery.
Representatives from Texas Parks and Wildlife will have an Operation Game Thief Trailer which highlights many of the local wildlife found in Texas. All of the items on display in this interactive trailer were confiscated from illegal poachers.
Meet our Carnivore Keepers when they demonstrate the safe way of camping and hiking in bear country during their fun and humorous skits. These skits will help you determine the difference between black and brown bears as well as show you what to do if you encounter a bear. One of the many ways you can camp safely with bears is by properly disposing of your trash and recycling your recyclables. We think that responsible camping ties in well with being good stewards of the earth so what better weekend to celebrate it on than Earth Day Weekend. Come and join us for Bear Awareness Day on Saturday April 20th from 10 to 3 and learn how you can help not only save bears but the Earth as well.
The future of these amazing animals is in our hands. The more we learn about coexisting with bears the safer we will be and the better chance of survival they will have.
11:30 a.m. – Grizzly Bear Exhibit Keeper Skit- Hiking in bear country
2:00p.m. – Andean Bear Exhibit Keeper Skit- Camping in bear country
Kids can color their own bear mask
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Bio Facts Table- skulls and furs
Houston Zoo info table- Educator’s guide, Camping guide, hiking guide
The Houston Zoo Commissary- displaying a variety of food that bears eat.