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New Arrival at Durrell’s

Bahia Bear

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, often incorrectly referred to as Jersey Zoo (it’s so much more than a zoo, but that’s another story), will soon be welcoming a new addition to their ever growing family – an Andean bear, who is currently living at the Tierpark Zoo in Berlin, Germany. Two year old female ‘Bahia’  will be moving to her new enclosure from mid-August where the Durrell staff are eagerly awaiting her arrival!


This is particularly good news as a couple of months ago, Barbara, Durrell’s last Andean bear, sadly had to be put to sleep due to age-related illnesses.  Barbara was a firm favourite with visitors and first came to Durrell’s in 1987.


Durrell Wildlife park was established in 1958 in Jersey by Gerald Durrell, the well-known naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter. It is now run by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and has 169,000 visitors flock to see their residents every year!


Living up to their official name the park concentrates on the rarer endangered animals but they also have other mammals, birds, amphibians reptiles and many more. In fact there are over 130 species.



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Posted by Tracy Kirton

Tracy has worked in travel and tourism marketing for over 30 years. She joined Travelsmith in 1987 and enjoys her role as Sales & Marketing Manager for the group. Having moved from Essex to Cornwall in 2001, Tracy loves life in the southwest. She is married with two children, one lively Cocker Spaniel and a lazy cat. Tracy can be contacted via email: