Its official Peggy has denned in the new den created in the holding enclosure. Carmen has chosen one of the dens in the natural enclosure and although not fully denned up she is spending a lot of time there. Suzy, however, has decided to remain in the middle den within the holding area specially built for their arrival.
Brown bears hibernate in winter, for between three and seven months in a specially dug den, or natural site under rocks or tree roots. During hibernation, the bear’s body temperature drops and their heart rate slows. Hibernation is thought to be an adaptation to lack of food during the winter months, with the bears living off their body fat which has accumulated during the Autumn.
This is the first time to our knowledge that our bears have displayed this behaviour and we are extremely proud and happy that they have adapted to their new surroundings.
Peggy's Winter den.