Noah's Ark Zoo Farm gives endangered bears new home

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 October 2015

Noahs Ark Zoo Wraxall,  new bear enclosure being built, Chris  Wilkinson and Mike Bradly.

Noahs Ark Zoo Wraxall, new bear enclosure being built, Chris Wilkinson and Mike Bradly.

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Spectacled bears which inspired the popular Paddington story will soon be settling in to their new home at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm.

Noahs Ark Zoo Wraxall,  new bear enclosure being built,Noahs Ark Zoo Wraxall, new bear enclosure being built,

The zoo farm in Wraxall has begun building a home for the endangered species and two young bears from Frankfurt Zoo in Germany will be arriving in January.

Their new home will be called an Andean Adventure and will feature hills, a cave and a meandering river ending in a large pool for the bears to use.

The habitat, which will cover two acres, is designed to enhance welfare and accommodate a family of bears in the future.

It will also have trees and aerial platforms to encourage their love of climbing.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm CEO Anthony Bush said: “We’re delighted to be building this important new habitat for spectacled bears, joining international colleagues in the research and breeding efforts to support this unique species.

“We’re grateful to Frankfurt Zoo for partnering with us in the planned transfer of two young male bears to Noah’s Ark when our new habitat is ready for them.”

Spectacled bears are at risk in the wild with only 6,000-10,000 in their native habitats of South America.

They are a protected species due to threats of habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm has now joined the European Endangered Species Programme, which oversees the management of bears, and will begin work with international colleagues to further research and conservation work to protect the species.

The animals, also known as Andean bears, will share their home with brown-nosed coatis and squirrel monkeys at the attraction.

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