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Moon Bear

Ursus thibetanus

Geographic Region: Pakistan to northern India, China and the Indochinese peninsula, as far as Mongolia and Siberia

Did You Know?

Primarily nocturnal, moon bears are sometimes active during the day. They are excellent climbers and swimmers.



Height: 4.5 – 5.5 ft.

Weight: 220 – 440 lbs.

Zoo Diet

omnivore biscuits, Nebraska premium feline, yams, oranges, kale, grapes, apples, broccoli, bananas

Conservation Status


Marco Polo's Adventure Trek

Exhibit information

Follow Marco Polo's wild journey! Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo, the famous explorer, and see some of the animals that he may have encountered as he traveled through the extreme environments of the desert and high mountains. Get a glimpse one of our moon bears climbing or playing in the pool. See the beautiful red pandas and impressive takin. Can you find the secretive snow leopard? Look carefully—they blend in perfectly with their surroundings! If you come in winter, you might just be able to watch our red crowned cranes perform their intricate courtship dance. Can you figure out each of these animal’s adaptations that allow them to survive in such extreme environments?

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