Our bears in the BearPark

Brown bears are the largest land predators currently living in Europe. Learn interesting facts about their biology and get to know the inhabitants of the BearPark.

Björk

“Björk” (Swedish for birch) was born on 19.12.2000 at Skandinavisk Dyrepark Kolind in Denmark. On 6 May 2004, she came to Bern Animal Park, Dählhölzli, together with her sister “Barba”; “Barba” moved to the Wildnispark Zurich – Langenberg on 10.01.2008, and “Finn” from Helsinki came to Bern Animal Park as a replacement. Together with “Finn”, “Björk” moved to the BearPark at the beginning of October 2009. “Björk” is the mother of “Ursina” and “Berna”.

"Björk" at the BearPark (April 2016)
"Björk" at the BearPark (April 2016)
"Björk" on Elm (May 2013)
"Björk" on Elm (May 2013)

Finn

“Finn” was born on 15.01.2006 in Helsinki Zoo, Finland. On 17.03.2008 he came to Bern Animal Park, where he got on very well with “Björk” from the very beginning. “Finn” loves to bathe. He is the father of “Ursina” and “Berna”.

"Finn" loves the water in the BearPark (September 2015)
"Finn" loves the water in the BearPark (September 2015)
"Finn" in the BearPark (April 2018)
"Finn" in the BearPark (April 2018)

Ursina

“Ursina” is the twin sister of “Berna”. Both were born in December 2009 in a winter den in the BearPark. Her mother is “Björk” and her father is “Finn”. “Ursina” lives together with father “Finn” and mother “Björk” in the BearPark. She loves to play with “Finn” and bathing is also one of her favourite activities.

"Ursina" climbing a tree in the BearPark (April 2018)
"Ursina" climbing a tree in the BearPark (April 2018)
"Ursina" in the water (September 2015)
"Ursina" in the water (September 2015)

Berna

“Berna” is the twin sister of “Ursina”. Born to “Björk” and “Finn” in a winter den in the BearPark in December 2009, “Berna” left the BearPark on 22 July 2013: After increasing conflicts with her mother “Björk”, the responsible persons decided to remove “Berna” from the group. She now lives in a new, animal-friendly facility at Dobric Zoo (Bulgaria). Bern Animal Park accompanied the construction of the bear enclosure there.

"Berna" in the BearPark (2011)
"Berna" in the BearPark (2011)
"Ursina" and "Björk" climbing a tree in the BearPark (2011)
"Ursina" and "Björk" climbing a tree in the BearPark (2011)

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Zwei Bären mit nassem Fell

Biology of the brown bear

Body length 170-220 cm, weight 100-340 kg, coat colour from light brown to almost black. Cubs wear a light collar.

Our bears at Dählhölzli

By the way, we also keep bears at Dählhölzli Zoo. The two Ussuri brown bears live there together with the wolves in the Bern Bear Forest.

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