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Homecoming as Andean Bear Arrives at Reid Park Zoo

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: October 20, 2021 1:20 pm

New Andean Bear Reid Park Zoo

19 year-old Andean bear Joaquin explores his home at the Reid Park Zoo

Photo Credit: Reid Park Zoo

It was homecoming recently for Joaquin a 19 year old Andean bear. Joaquin was born at Reid Park Zoo in 2002 and has spent the past 19 years at other zoos where he was able to breed.

His return to Reid Park Zoo is accompanied by a breeding recommendation with their resident female, Oja. The recommendation was made by  the Andean bear Species Survival Plan which manages the breeding of captive Andean bears to ensure the population is genetically diverse.

Since his arrival recently Joaquin has been living at the zoo's Animal Health Center where he underwent a period of quarantine to ensure he was healthy. Now that he has cleared quarantine he has joined Oja at the Andean bear exhibit and is ready to meet guests.

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For now Joaquin and Oja will take turns in the habitat while they are gradually introduced to one another. As such guests looking to meet Joaquin should visit in the afternoon where he will be in the part of the habitat which is on-show to guests.

Andean bears are considered vulnerable in the wild with their population decreasing due to habitat loss across their South American range.

An Andean bear was the inspiration for the character Paddington from the popular film series.

New Andean Bear Reid Park Zoo

19 year-old Andean bear Joaquin explores his home at the Reid Park Zoo

Photo Credit: Reid Park Zoo

Learn more about Andean Bears here – Andean Bear Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about the Reid Park Zoo on their website – Reid Park Zoo

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