We're home to three Andean bears: Bernard (or Bernie), our handsome male, Lima the female, and their cute new cub who was born January 2017.
The bear couple at the zoo have been carefully matched for breeding and they have been very successful! We've welcomed the newest (and cutest) addition to the family in January 2017. The new cub, pictured below at 6 months, is the first born in mainland Great Britain.
These bears are named after the Andes Mountains where wild bears live. With there being only 20,000 left in the wild, it is really important for us to do all we can to help them survive.
Andean bears are sometimes referred to as "spectacled bears" because of the white rings they sometimes have around their eyes, making them look like they're wearing a pair of specs!
Bernard and Lima are registered on the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme, a carefully managed scheme overseeing the breeding of zoo animals in different countries. It means that zoos work together to try and breed more of these endangered species.