A pair of bear cubs named Ian and Sean successfully made the transition from their behind-the-scenes cubbing den to the outdoor yards, where they have been exploring, climbing, tussling and tumbling all over their new habitat area.
These rambunctious brothers, born Nov. 15, 2022, are the first cubs born to 4-year-old mother Brienne and 9-year-old father Quito.
Andean bears are South America’s only bear species. Due to wildlife trafficking and habitat destruction, it is estimated fewer than 20,000 Andean bears remain in the wild. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute works with accredited zoos around the world to coordinate breeding to ensure genetic diversity for the long-term survival of the species.
Ian and Sean will spend the next year with Brienne as they continue to grow, and visitors can see the bears, as well as Quito, each morning on exhibit near the lower entrance to American Trail exhibit, weather permitting.
2. The Bird House is now a bird home (to nearly 80 different species)