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Save the date! March 15th

Mike Conway

Post Date:02/27/2015

Get ready for Teddy Bear Day at the Zoo

The bees are buzzing, the trees are blooming and the bears are coming out of hibernation, so it must be time for the annual Teddy Bear Day at the Applegate Park Zoo.

Reserve Sunday, March 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. on the calendar for the annual fun-filled event. Remember to pack up the teddy bear for a free Teddy Bear check-up and physical, and grab some free refreshments, too.

Teddy Bear day is an annual event where members of the Merced Zoological Society and Zoo staff are on hand to teach people about our bear friends and share bear facts.

For instance, according to our friends at Yosemite National Park:

Yosemite is home to 300 to 500 black bears.

However, 95 percent of the black bears are really brown, blond or auburn.

You won't find a grizzly bear in California in the wild.

Bears are mainly vegetarians, eating grasses, herbs, berries and nuts.

Male bears weight 300 to 350 pounds, and females can weigh 200 to 250 pounds.

The biggest Yosemite bear weighed 690 pounds.

A bear can stand up to 7 feet high.

Bears average lifespan is 18 years.

Admission to the Zoo is $2 for ages 5 to 15, $3 for ages 16 to 61 and $1.50 for ages 62 and up. Children under 5 are free. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

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