Grizzly Bear Cam at Washington Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington is home to two grizzly bear brothers named Keema and Denali. Now you can watch the bears live at your computer!  The zoo installed a webcam in the bears’ enclosure, so you can watch them forage, fish, and more! During the summer months, the best time to see the grizzlies is between 10:00 – 11:00 am PT and 2:00 – 3:00 pm PT.

On Wednesday, August 3, at 11:15 am PT, you can watch live as zookeepers set up piñatas for the bears!


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Click here to view the Bear Cam on the Woodland Park Zoo site >

Bear at Woodland Park Zoo

Keema

Grizzly bears at Woodland Park Zoo

Denali

In the wild, grizzly bears inhabit Alaska, western Canada, and parts of the northwestern United States. In the US, grizzly bears are a protected species under the Endangered Species Act.  They are threatened by habitat loss due to logging, development, and mining.  Only about 1200 – 1400 grizzly bears live in five separate populations in the continental US, including areas in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Washington.  To learn more about grizzly bears, see Animal Fact Guide’s article: Grizzly Bear.

Yogi Bear DVD Giveaway

Win a free Yogi Bear DVD!Win a free DVD of the new family comedy, Yogi Bear, starring Dan Akroyd and Justin Timberlake!

Yogi Bear features everyone’s favorite talking bear Yogi and his adorable sidekick Boo Boo as they raise havoc with their hair-brained schemes in Jellystone Park much to the chagrin of Ranger Smith. When Jellystone is threatened by a logging company Yogi teams up with a documentary filmmaker and must prove that he is indeed “Smarter than the average bear!”

To win the DVD, comment below with your favorite fact about grizzly bears (hint: see our article about grizzly bears) by March 25. Be sure to include your email address, so we can contact the winner for their mailing address. Note: This contest is open to people in the U.S. and Canada only.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Candy from Virginia for winning our contest!

Exhibit Review: Crittercam

Crittercam

Last week, we wrote about Crittercam, an exhibit presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and National Geographic.  Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit the exhibit in person.

Crittercam provides a fascinating look into the behavior of several kinds of animals including penguins, seals, sea turtles, sharks, lions, bears, and more.  Using cameras attached to various animals, scientists were able to gather data about hunting techniques, social norms, and daily activity that had previously eluded them.  The exhibit provides video footage captured by the animals along with explanatory text and a few fun facts about the animals discussed.

Lioness wearing CrittercamBut the exhibit also delves into the technology and methodology of Crittercam.  There are models of animals showing how the special cameras were attached and adapted to a particular animal’s lifestyle.

For example, the soft, flexible shells of leatherback sea turtles did not allow the camera to be attached by an adhesive. Instead, a suction cup was applied to the central plate of the turtle’s shell.

Using videos, photos, life-size models, and computer kiosks, the exhibit appeals to an audience of all ages and interests. So if you live in or plan to visit the Boston area, be sure to visit Crittercam at the Museum of Science, which runs through August 30.

For more info: Crittercam.

News of the Harry Potter Exhibition arrives via owl***

During our visit, the museum made an exciting announcement (delivered by an owl) about a very special international exhibition that will open in Boston on October 25, 2009 called Harry Potter: The Exhibition.

Fans of Harry Potter will soon get the chance to immerse themselves in the wizarding world.  Artifacts and costumes from the latest Harry Potter films will be displayed in a 10,000-sq. ft. space.

For more info, see: Harry Potter: The Exhibition.