It’s Winter season in Orsa

Nov 13th, 2019 | By | Category: Orsa

13.11.2019 by Johanna Berglund, Orsa Predator Center

It’s been snowing a lot in Orsa lately so our white fluffy friends Ewa, Wilbär and Hope must be really happy! The photos were taken before the snow came. All the brown bears are hopefully dreaming sweet dreams. At least they are all hibernating – the last one entered the den on the 23rd of October.

I guess you’re curious to know if small furry surprises can be expected in Orsa. We are sure now that Ewa is not pregnant. Wilbär was much more interested in Hope during the mating season. Hope is, of course, very young but we never know …

However,  Ewa and Hope have been separated from Wilbär just in case they would give birth. Both bear ladies are very active for the time being so it doesn’t look very likely we will see polar bear cubs this season.

Ewa’s face is very red becaue she’s been eating just before the photo was taken. There are big pieces of meat for her in the ‘back room’ so she can eat whenever she wants. In this way we won’t disturb her if she decides to ‘retire’.


Our polar bear trojka is in good health and enjoy the Winter weather. We will make a snow mountain for them as usual but it must be quite cold during a longer period so it will be possible. This Winter we even plan to make a snow mountain in the lower enclosure. I’m sure it will be a wonderful surprise for our whities. 🙂

As you can see there’s frost on the ground and the pool has frozen. Wilbär has been testing the ice and it looks like it’s thick enough to carry his weight. Maybe he’s planning to make a hole in the ice so he could take a nice swimming tour in the icy water …. Brrrrrr!!!


This is Hope and behind her there’s a big heap of tomatoes. She’s the only bear that really LOVES tomatoes! 🙂 The other bears – both white and brown – never eat them.


In Orsa it’s possible to see the animals very close. For instance our conference facilities on the ‘Tiger Mountain’ have big windows and with any luck you can meet a tiger – of course, on the other side of the window! 🙂


Finally three short videos:

Wilbär is testing the ice and you can even see a glimpse of Hope napping.

The wolves in the snow

Snow leopard has a perfect camouflage!

Hope loves the snow!

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  1. Liebe Mervi und liebe Johanna,
    Hope ist noch jung aber ihre Oma Vera hat auch mit 5 Jahren Flocke geboren und wer weis…….
    Leider ist Orsa sehr weit entfernt und Besuche nur schwer zu realisieren aber für die drei
    Eisbären ist es das Paradies.
    Vielen Dank für die interessanten Infos mit schönen Bildern von den Bewohnern im Orsa Predator Center.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K

  2. Dear Mervi and Johanna!
    Thank you for the news from Orsa. It is interesting that Wilbär has more interest in Hope as in Ewa. Hope is still very young, but she can be pregnant. I wish all bears all the best.

  3. Liebe Mervi,
    liebe Johanna,

    Vielen Dank für die Neuigkeiten aus Orsa über die Tiere und ihr Wohlbefinden.
    Über eventuell zu erwartenden Nachwuchs zu spekulieren ist in diesen Wochen normal.

    Von Hope als Liebhaberin von Tomaten zu hören, ist sehr aussergewöhnlich.
    Die drei Viedeos zeigen genau die Tierarten, deren Element der Schnee ist
    und davon gibt es inzwischen reichlich in Orsa.

    Liebe Grüße

  4. Liebe Mervi und Johanna,

    vielen Dank für die wunderschönen Fotos und Videos aus Orsa.

    Beim ersten Anblick vom Foto von Ewa dachte ich, sie hat eine Verletzung. Ich bin erleichtert, dass das Blut nur von einer Fleischmahlzeit stammt.

    Wilbär ist ja mächtig proper. So rund sind ja nicht mal die Eisbärdamen, die im Winter in die Mutter/Kind -Stube ziehen.
    Und Hope sieht auch sehr gut aus. Unsere Eisbären im Tierpark mögen außer Obst auch gerne Eisbergsalat. Aber Gurken und Tomaten mögen sie auch nicht.

    Liebe Grüße

  5. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for keeping us updated about the animals in Orsa.
    I´m impressed by the gain in weight of Wilbär. He is really well-nourished and it´s amazing that the ice carries him…

    The photo with the tiger and the woman at the pane is great.

    I´ve never heard before of a polar bear that loves tomatoes. OK – why not? “Different strokes to different folks…” In Germany we say ” Jedem Tierchen sein Pläsierchen.” Or are these already longings during a pregnancy? We will see if there is a little white surprise in spring…

    Fortunately the animals in Orsa can enjoy wintertime with all its pleasures from now on.
    Probably they are very happy about that.


  6. Dear Mervi
    It is great to learn that Hope likes tomatoes. It is true that in Doncaster the bears each have different likes and dislikes which seem to stem from what they ate in their first Zoo.
    Ewa looks as if she has had the Giovanna diet, but in Ewas case perhaps this means a nice surprise for us all soon

  7. dearJohanna,
    thank you for all the wonderful pictures and videos from Orsa, I am glad to see the dear Polarbears Ewa, Wilbär and Hope in a good mood , the winter can come, the lovely bears have a good weight.
    dear Mervi thank you so much for sharing with us
    Wilbär, Ewa and Hope, enjoy the nice Winterfime with hopefully much snow and all the best to you all
    dear greetings

  8. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Johanna.
    Best wishes to Wilbaer, Ewa and Hope.

  9. Orsa is a winterwonderland for the animals.
    Thank you for the nice pictures & videos !

  10. Wenn man in Antibes aufgewachsen ist hat man vielleicht einenanderen Geschmack, es ist auf jeden Fall witzig. Wilbaer, Ewa und Hope schauen gut aus und Orsa ist besonders im Winter ein Traum fuer die Eisbaeren.

    Liebe Gruesse, Erika