Adopt an Animal: American Black Bear
Your Adopt-an-Animal donation will be used to support these charismatic animals and further the San Francisco Zoological Society’s mission to connect people to wildlife, inspire caring for nature and advance conservation action. All sales are final.
The name “black bear” is somewhat of a misnomer, as these bears can come in a wide variety of colors from light brown to cinnamon to grey. They are excellent climbers, as well as being fast runners and capable swimmers.
American black bears are extremely adaptable and are capable of surviving in a wide variety of habitats. Their adaptability means that they can live off of many different types of food, eating cactus fruit in the southernmost part of their range and hunting mammals in the northern part of their range. Many famous bears were inspired by black bears, including the teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh, and Smokey the Bear.