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Bears - Around 1990

The Brown Bears at Chester, probably around 1990

Bears - Around 1990
tahninial, 24 Feb 2008
    • tahninial
      The Brown Bears at Chester, probably around 1990
    • Baldur
      Which subspecies would these have been?
    • CZJimmy
      I believe they were Kamkatcha Bears, but I can't remember my reference for this, so take it with a pinch of salt.
    • gentle lemur
      I am sure that they were labelled as Kamchatka bears.

    • SMR
      The bears in this enclosure - now the condor aviary, adjacent to the original bridge over Flag Lane - were labelled "brown bear", Ursus arctos from about 1978 onwards. The zoo had a breeding pair of the Kamchatka sub-species Ursus arctos beringianus in the 1960s, but if memory serves, they primarily resided in the old pits near the new giant otter pool (old sea lion pool) before moving to that enclosure after it was built.

      Hard to imagine that in the 1960s, the zoo's inventory of bears exceeded twenty-five in number.
    • bongorob
      The Kamchatka Bears have always confused me, the zoo classified them as U.a.collaris, a Russian subspecies. The IZYB classified them as U.a.beringianus.
    • Paulkarli08
      I remember seeing the brown bears at Chester... well remembering my dad lift me up onto the wall to see into the enclosure. It was so sad. Did the bears simply die out, or where they helped along the way to build the condor aviary?
    • Goretex
      I thought they had european brown bears????:confused: Were these different to the 1's photographed here.

      It does surprise me that somewhere like Chester was happy to keep bears for so long even though they were thought of as below standard then???:confused:

      I guess other zoos did this at around this era.
    • bongorob
      In the 1970s they labelled 3 subspecies of bear in that enclosure, Brown (Ursus arctos), Kamchatka (U.a.collaris) and Syrian (U.a.syriacus).

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