Take the Man vs Bear challenge at the Johannesburg Zoo

Challenge yourself against Bears at the Johannesburg and see who comes out on top. In August the Johannesburg Zoo celebrates Bears with a fun obstacle course which will test your speed, strength, smell, tool use and diet against those of Bears.

Sprint along a 25m stretch against the record of Brown Bears, who are amongst the fasted Bears. Try to break a log, smell food hidden way like a Polar Bear, eat the diet given to the Zoo’s Spectacled Bears and use a tool to scratch your back. If you beat the Bears in any challenge, you receive a mark on your very own report card, but be careful, if you loose you receive no marks. At the end of all the challenges your score is tallied and you will receive your report card with either a pass or fail mark. If you pass you can enjoy all the bragging rights and have proof of your victory, but beware if you fail, you may want to hide your report card away. The activity takes place every weekend in August and starts at 10:30 am and ends at 15:00pm

The Johannesburg Zoo has three species of Bears: Polar Bears, Brown Bears and Spectacled Bears.

Their thick coats and large size may give visitors a false sense of security, but most Bears are on top of the food chain in their natural habitat and hold a few world records. Polar Bears along with the Kodiac Bears are the worlds largest land carnivores, they also have the longest and sharpest teeth from all the Bears. Brown Bears are extremely fast and can run at speeds of up to 35km per hour, they are also known to eat up to 40kg of food per day before hibernation. Spectacled Bears are extremely agile and good climbers.

These solitary animals may hide under the radar, but their strength should never be ignored. If you feel strong and brave enough to challenge Bears, then come prepared. It may seem easy, however you may be surprised at how difficult it is to beat a Bear.

Prepared Razina Pandor and issued by Letta Madlala Brand and Communications Manager on behalf of the Johannesburg Zoo. END.

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