Next year, the Houston Zoo will open a completely redesigned bear habitat for its two black bears thanks to the generous support of the Hamill Foundation. This expansion more than triples the space for Belle and Willow to explore. Guests will be able to experience the world of bears with unobstructed views of the habitat and get nose-to-nose with the beloved duo through a brand-new glass wall. The expanded habitat was designed to give the bears the highest quality of life and includes engaging features throughout like a revamped water feature, specially created climbing structures, and ample shade.
The Houston Zoo saves bears in the wild by participating in state protection planning in Texas. The team also leads efforts to help save bears in the wild through promotion of paper reduction and the use of recycled paper products. Bears need trees to live, and by using less paper or recycled-content paper products, fewer trees are cut down.