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Sloth bear News Archive

Jul. 31, 2020
Grab a delicious snack with prehensile-tailed porcupine Quilliam, have a ball watching our cheetah cubs play and behold beaver Aspen as he fells a tree. July brought about many exciting moments, not...
Sloth bear Remi at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Asia Trail exhibit.
May. 08, 2020
Asia Trail keepers at the Smithsonian National Zoo are mourning the loss of Remi, a 6-year-old female sloth bear who was humanely euthanized May 2, following a foot wound that was not healing despite...
Sloth bear Remi explores her habitat on Asia Trail.
Jan. 29, 2020
Given the choice between mealworms and melons, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s sloth bears—6-year-old female Remi and 5-year-old male Niko—will almost always choose the former, even when their diet...
Jun. 28, 2019
Make the most of your time out of the office with a visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo!
Feb. 01, 2019
Is she or isn’t she? Excitement is in the air at Asia Trail, where the Zoo’s 5-year-old female sloth bear, Remi, may be expecting a cub! To monitor her for potential cub development, keepers are...
Sloth bear Niko on exhibit at Asia Trail.
Apr. 06, 2018
Get the scoop on the Zoo’s new 3-year-old sloth bear, Niko, from animal keeper Mindy Babitz.
A male sloth bear with his front legs resting on an enrichment toy
Oct. 17, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo recently welcomed a new sloth bear into its zoological family. Niko, a 2-year-old male, arrived Oct. 6 from NaturZoo Rheine in Germany and joins 3-year-old female sloth...
Jun. 30, 2017
Training sloth bears, making an otter puzzle feeder and researching red pandas by studying their poop is all in a day's work for an Asia Trail keeper. 
Sloth Bear Hana
Oct. 18, 2016
A 21-year-old female sloth bear named Hana was humanely euthanized at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Monday, Oct. 17. In human care, sloth bears typically have a median life expectancy of early-to-...
Dec. 30, 2014
Happy birthday to sloth bear cub Remi!
May. 05, 2014
Four month-old sloth bear cub, Remi, ventured outside for the very first time this morning with her surrogate bear moms and dad!
Apr. 17, 2014
A sloth bear cub and a seal pup by any other name would still be as sweet, but our keepers chose the perfect names for them. Our sloth bear cub is named Remi and our seal pup is named Rona!
Mar. 20, 2014
The decision for keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo to hand-raise a female sloth bear cub instead of leaving her with her mother Khali likely saved her life.
Dec. 19, 2013
Hank is a year old today! Hank now weighs about 125 pounds. His favorite foods are butternut squash, peanut butter, and grapes.
Dec. 15, 2013
Hank is not only a daring adventurer, he's also a budding musician! This section of fire hose makes a great sound—like a tuba—and is one of his favorite toys.
Sep. 19, 2013
Our energetic sloth bear cub Hank is nine months old today!
Jul. 23, 2013
Hank has been very active in the yard despite the heat. It's not unusual to see him running all over the yard, climbing every tree, and then playing in the pool.
Jul. 02, 2013
Hank is doing really well in the exhibit. He has explored a lot of it, but not yet all of it. The exhibit is gigantic, especially compared to a 6-month-old sloth bear.
Jun. 20, 2013
The daring and adventurous sloth bear cub, Hank, made his public debut at the Smithsonian's National Zoo today. He is the first sloth bear born at the Zoo in seven years.
May. 03, 2013
In a poll conducted on the Zoo's Facebook page, 830 fans elected to name the cub Hank, a moniker that combines the cubs' parents' names, Hana and Francois.
Apr. 04, 2013
Our 15 week-old sloth bear cub had a check up yesterday, and he received a clean bill of health!
Mar. 26, 2013
Asia Trail curator and keeper staff have determined the sex of our 3-month-old sloth bear cub: it's a boy!
Feb. 12, 2013
We're so glad you're enjoying watching our bear cub cams, both Andean and sloth! We're thrilled to be able to share this experience with you.
Feb. 10, 2013
It's clear from watching the Sloth Bear Cam that this little cub has a lot of personality—just like Hana!