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Sloth Bears

Bears are among the best and least known of animals. Everyone recognizes a giant panda, for instance, while few people can picture a sloth bear.

Native to the Indian sub-continent, sloth bears are fascinating, unusual bears that charm and delight those who visit them. Our new sloth bear exhibit on Asia Trail will introduce these animals to millions more people. The exhibit is the one closest to the Zoo's Connecticut Avenue entrance.

At the Zoo:

Asia Trail is home to four sloth bears. Both Hana, an adult female, and Francois, an adult male born were at the Zoo in 1991. You can also see Hank, a male sloth bear cub, and Remi, our newest female cub. The sloth bear yards are the ones closest to the Zoo's Connecticut Avenue entrance.

Read more about the Asia Trail habitats

May 5, 2014

Four month-old sloth bear cub, Remi, ventured outside for the very first time this morning with her surrogate bear moms and dad!

She quickly began exploring her outdoor yard with keepers nearby. They were happy to report that she did very well during her first trip outside, climbing and playing, but after all the excitement of the morning she desperately needed a nap. Keepers will continue to slowly acclimate her to her outdoor yard, but she will not be on exhibit regularly just yet. ‪

Read more about our sloth bear cubs