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Helping Bears Bear more Bears

Posted on Jun 5, 2018 by in The OFI Blog |

Andean bears Billie Jean and Quito

This past spring, Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park (NZP) and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) research fellow Dr. Natalia Prado has been studying the reproduction of Andean bears. Dr. Prado has been working with Animal Keeper Sara Colandrea to facilitate the breeding of two of the zoo’s Andean bears, Billie Jean and Quito, in order to better understand when a female bear is in estrus, and ready to breed. Their research will help other zoos optimally breed Andean bears, thus increasing the population size and creating a better understanding of bears, which can be applied to giant pandas and sloth bears as well, in order to eventually save all three species.

Dr. Prado’s work was recently recognized by the National Zoo News in an article.

To learn more, you can read the full article here.