Two Black Bears visible from the driving route
Black Bears live at Parc Omega in two locations – along the driving route and on one side of the elevated boardwalk.
Black Bear Cub born in February
Cubs were born in February. It was difficult to get a good look at them because of the long grass.
Black Bear habitat at Parc Omega
This photo will give you an idea of the type of habitat the Black Bears live in at Parc Omega. Again it really does not do it justice.
Black Bear playing with another bear under the wooden platform.
Usually when I have visited a zoo, black bears are sleeping or looking pretty listless. At Parc Omega I actually saw black bears playing!
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Over the last few years it has been my great privilege to visit the Polar Bear Habitat in Cochrane Ontario. The Polar Bear Habitat is a “bear centred facility” . There are three large separate enclosures. The Polar Bears have access to all the enclosures and their pool at any time of the day.
A number of Polar Bears have lived at the Polar Bear Habitat over the years. Aurora and Nakita spent five years living at the Polar Bear Habitat while their new home was being built at Tundra Trek at the Toronto Zoo.
The pictures on this page are of Nanook, there will always be a place in my heart for him. He was a senior Polar Bear when I met him
Currently Ganuk lives at the Polar Bear Habitat. His Dad is Inukshuk who also lives at the Toronto Zoo. I plan to go that way again this summer and look forward to meeting Gunuk! Please follow the link to learn more about the Polar Bears who have lived at the Polar Bear Habitat
There is a good wide walking path through the Polar Bear Habitat. The Habitat Bear Viewing Building is accessible. It is quite a hike around the entire property. Those using a wheel chair may find it a challenging day.
One of the most important pieces of equipment that you can have when you visit the Polar Bear Habitat is a camera with a zoom lens on it. Generally there is a single polar bear or at most two or three polar bears who live in the facility. The grounds are vast and in order to get good pictures you really need the zoom lens. I used a 70-300 mm Canon lens.
There is a great photo op for families at the Polar Bear Habitat. There is a wading pool for visitors that is adjacent to the pool for the Polar Bear. The two pools are separated by 2 inches of plexiglass. It is very safe but it is possible to get a photo of your children and it looks like they are swimming right beside the polar bear.
One of my favourite exhibits is the 5 acre Polar Bear Habitat in the Tundra Trek zoogeographic region at the Toronto Zoo. When I got there three polar bears were snoozing in the morning sun and were not very active. I looked for the schedule for feeding time and decided to return.
I came back at the designated time and was rewarded for my persistence. The polar bears obviously knew what time it was. One by one they headed for their deep pool area They sat on the side, wandered around or did laps in the water, putting on a great show. When the zoo keeper came, she had many interesting facts about the polar bears, their behaviour and of course brought them tasty treats. The fish was great, but I think this polar bear particularly enjoyed the carrots!
The Toronto Zoo is a vast space and lots of fun for the whole family. Click on the link to access a map of the zoo grounds. There are many steep grades in the zoo. The zoo maintains a web page with excellent information on accessibility, their policy on the use of electric scooters and service dogs on the grounds.
The zoo maintains a page on their web site with photo tips from Canon on taking pictures at the zoo. Here is a link to the photo tips that are relevant to the Tundra Trek exhibits. The photos on this page were taken with a Canon xti and a Canon 70-300mm lens.