The Bear Cam features 24/7 live online video of two grizzly bear brothers at the zoo. Viewers can also choose to join in on a social stream and chat room with other Bear Cam fans while tuning in at http://www.ustream.tv/
To celebrate the re-launch, Woodland Park Zoo keepers will present the bears with piñatas filled with a special enrichment treat: coffee grounds donated by Caffé Vita. Tune into the feed on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 11:15 a.m. to watch the bears dig into the piñatas in search of the stimulating coffee treat. The treat is part of the zoo’s ongoing enrichment program to stimulate the senses and encourage instinctual behaviors in the zoo’s animals.
A press release from Woodland Park Zoo has more information about the Bear Cam:
On a typical day, Woodland Park Zoo’s 17-year-old grizzly bear brothers Keema and Denali can be seen foraging for food, fishing for live trout, and exploring the stimulating sights and smells in the zoo’s award-winning Northern Trail exhibit. Approximately 675 pounds each in their trim summer months, the brothers can weigh up to 950 pounds each when they put on weight for their more dormant winter months.
Want to know the best times to tune in to the Bear Cam? The bears are especially active in the morning around 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and in the afternoon around 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., particularly during the summer months.
“The return of the Bear Cam opens a window on the wonders of wildlife,” said zoo curator Dr. Jennifer Pramuk in the press release. “We hope that it will not only attract local viewers who want to keep up with Keema and Denali in between zoo visits, but also viewers across the globe, many of whom may not otherwise have the opportunity to connect with such powerful wildlife ambassadors.”
Grizzly bears are an endangered species in the lower 48 contiguous United States. Woodland Park Zoo says that they partner with the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project (GBOP) to “protect bears and teach local communities how to live in harmony with these magnificent animals.”