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We're Sweet on These Bears

Sloth bear mama Tasha takes great care of her cubs, and she's got a dedicated team behind her: keepers, veterinarians, and you! Help us fill the honey jar—a nod to these bears' favorite sweet treat—with a gift of any size. Your generosity helps us provide a nutritious diet (there's a lot more to it than honey!), medical check-ups, a cub-proofed home designed for safe exploration, and dedicated human friends (also known as keepers) to assure Tasha and the cubs receive the best care.

 

 
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MEET THE CUBS

 

Come Meet the Sloth Bear Brothers This Spring

The sloth bear cublets are already exploring their outdoor exhibit daily with mom, Tasha. The two are natural climbers and are getting more adventurous each day. You'll see the playful cubs dangle and scramble from trees and ledges, using their little claws to scale up.

You may even see the twins riding on mom’s back if you stop by Banyan Wilds on your next visit!

 

Deemak: Name means termite in Hindi (male)

Kartick: Named after the co-founder of Wildlife SOS (male)

Born: December 27, 2017

Parents: Tasha and Bhutan

Two tiny cubs were born December 27, 2017, in an off-view maternity den. The first cub made its appearance around 3:20 a.m., while the second cub took its time—appearing almost 11 hours later. The cubs are born very small and almost completely blind, but they grow very quickly and are soon big enough, and bold enough, to venture outside the den.

 

Forest feasts

 

Sloth bears are the vacuum cleaners of the Asian forest—take a closer look at that snout and you’ll notice it’s designed for slurping up termites. The large gap in their front teeth (due to the absence of front upper incisors) means nothing gets in the way of vacuuming up a meal.

Their nickname, "honeybear," comes naturally. Sloth bears have been known to scale trees to shake down honeycombs. Once the sweet treat hits the forest floor the bears climb back down to enjoy the bees' hard work.

Sloth bears snack on a variety of forest feasts including fruit and flowers such as figs, mangos and ebony.

In the mood to eat like a honeybear? Follow our tried and true recipe for sloth bear cookies:

 

 

BEAR "MASH" COOKIE RECIPE

 

Zookeepers whip up a "mash" of their own for our sloth bears! Omnivorous sloth bears are famous for their lips, which they use to suck insects out of dirt mounds in the wild. At the zoo, keepers spread the yummy mash into logs and crevices to encourage our bears' instinctive behaviors of licking and "vacuuming" up the tasty treat.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Egg
3/4 cup Oats
1/2 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
1/4 cup All-Purpose flour
1/2 cup Dried Pineapple, diced
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 cup Honey, drizzle for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Mix the dry ingredients (oats, cereal, flour, pineapple, and baking soda) in mixing bowl. In a seperate bowl, cream together peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Fold in egg. Gradually add dry ingredients to peanut butter mixture and fold together. On a greased baking sheet, drop 2 Tbsp. sized cookies, 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Once cool, drizzle with honey.

 

Conservation in the wild

 

Sloth bears are found in the lower elevations of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. They are an endangered species, less than 10,000 remain in the wild. Their survival is challenged by fragmented populations, competition with other animals (particularly humans) for space and food, deforestation, and the bear parts trade for use in traditional Asian medicines.

Woodland Park Zoo funds Wildlife SOS and their sloth bear research through the Wildlife Survival Fund. Wildlife SOS has been investigating sloth bear denning by studying sloth bears in the wild and in zoos to gain a better understanding of sloth bear maternal and day denning, as well as understanding the impact of human disturbance to this aspect of sloth bear ecology.

 

Wildlife SOS Camera Trap Footage