Some famous bear names used by zoos include Gus, Binky, Brumas and Monarch. Some captive bears are also named in other languages. Examples include Flocke, Wilbar and Knut, who lived in German zoos. The bear Inuka's name is Inuit for "silent stalker."Continue Reading
Bears in captivity often attract attention because of interesting stories about them or interesting behaviors. The grizzly bear Monarch was one of the last of his kind in California when he was captured in 1889; after his death, his body was used as the model for the California flag. Knut, a polar bear born in captivity in Berlin, was the first captive-born polar bear to survive past infancy in that zoo, spawning a widespread media sensation. Binky, a polar bear at the Alaska Anchorage zoo, became infamous for mauling visitors who strayed too close to his enclosure.
Gus, a polar bear at New York's Central Park Zoo, attracted attention by swimming in circles in his pool for up to 12 hours a day. Gus's behavior caused zoo authorities to call in a psychologist, who suggested the animal be treated with Prozac and described his condition as "bored and a little crazy, in the way that a lot of people are in New York."Learn more about Education