Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) Zoo Dehiwala,
One of the largest and most widely distributed bear species, brown bears weigh between 300 and 860 pounds and can be up to 9\'6\" in total body length.
They are usually dark brown in color but can vary from a light cream color to almost black. If the tips of the guard hairs are white, they give the bear a grizzled appearance, hence the term Grizzly bear, applied to the smaller of the two North American subspecies, Ursus arctos horribilis. The larger North American subspecies is Ursus arctos middendorffi, the Kodiak bear of the Alaskan islands of Kodiak, Shuyak and Afognak. Brown bears are distinguished by the characteristic muscle hump over the shoulders, they have a \"dished\" profile and longer claws on their front paws than on their rear paws.
Colombo Zoo is famous for its huge tree cover and well landscaped garden. To provide more natural habitats some lawns of the Zoo have been converted into small forest patches which are rich in rare plants. Valuable medicinal plants are prominent among the trees in these patches.