Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos) – predatory mammals of the family Ursidae. It inhabits Asia, Northern Europe, including Poland(!), and North America. It is estimated that some 200 individuals currently live in the Polish mountains - the Carpathians (Beskidy and Tatry).
They are the largest predators in Poland, attaining a height of 3 meters while standing on two legs! Besides, their body weight is also impressive - males weigh up to 400 kg, females 300 kg. Cubs are born every two years, two or three are to be found in the lair, while a bear’s pregnancy itself lasts 8 months.
Contrary to popular opinion, these “teddy bears” do not feed on meat, fish, and honey alone. They also eat seeds, mushrooms, invertebrates like earthworms or snails, and bird eggs.
In Wrocław ZOO, two females have to their disposal a run that perfectly reflects their natural environment measuring about 2 hectares.
However, the widespread feeding of bears by visitors is a real nightmare. These people do not realise that every change of diet is accompanied by risk of temporary diseases like diarrhoea, or chronic and incurable ones like diabetes.
SHOW CARE FOR THE ANIMALS – DO NOT FEED THEM IN THE ZOO AND ALERT WHEN YOU SEE OTHERS DOING SO.