True Facts about Smokey Bear

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This three-page handout, prepared by the National Zoological Park, provides the "True Facts about Smokey Bear." It opens noting, "We have to face it - Smokey is an old Bear," and provides an overview of Smokey's life story. It discusses that bears rarely live beyond 25 years while Smokey is now 24. It discusses the current popularity of the giant pandas and how old age is slowing Smokey down. Smokey Bear Junior is taking over his role. But it also notes how comfortable his quarters are and how devoted staff and veterinarians care for him daily.


  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Institution and United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
  • Smokey Bear Historical State Park


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 326, Box 83, Folder 2

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


January 28, 1974

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  • Forest fire prevention
  • Smokey Bear
  • Advertising
  • Bears
  • Advertising--Forest fire prevention


  • United States
  • Capitan, New Mexico
  • Washington
  • DC


  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2019-000453 and SIA2019-000454 and SIA2019-000455

Physical description

Number of Images: 3; Color: Color; Size: 8.805w x 11.328h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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