2. Smokey lived at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
In 1950, a badly burned bear cub was found in New Mexico’s Lincoln National Forest after a forest fire. The orphaned cub was nicknamed Smokey and taken to a veterinarian for treatment.
After recovering from his injuries, he was flown to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, where he lived as an ambassador for wildfire prevention and wildlife conservation for 26 years.
3. Smokey Bear received so much mail that he now has his own zip code.
Millions of people visited Smokey at the Zoo. They also sent him thousands of letters (and the occasional honey). Smokey received so much mail that by 1965 the Postal Service gave him his own zip code: 20252.