Why did Beorn come to the Zoo?
Beorn came to Washington, D.C. from the Queens Zoo in New York. He is living at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on a temporary basis while the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan searches for a permanent home.
We are fortunate to have a facility that is large enough to house multiple bears. Beorn lives alongside our adult Andean bears—12-year-old female Billie Jean and 4-year-old male Quito. We have two outdoor yards at the Andean bear exhibit and alternate giving Beorn and Quito access to one of the yards while Billie Jean occupies the other. Beorn cleared a routine period in quarantine just over two weeks ago and has been very busy exploring his new home.
A fun fact about Beorn is that he is Billie Jean’s grandson! His mother, Nicole, was born here in December 2012 to Billie Jean and Nikki.