A former Denver polar bear named Lee has arrived on the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio, the place he quickly might be launched to twin sisters Aurora and Anana in an effort to breed, officers say.
The polar bear hook-up is a part of an intricate and considerably determined mating technique during which the 50 polar bears dwelling in North American zoos are sometimes shuffled from one zoo to the following to enhance the survival of the more and more uncommon species.
Zoo officers hope that Lee and the sisters will produce cubs.
Lee’s main keeper on the Denver Zoo accompanied the 18-year-old polar bear to the Columbus zoo, the place Lee is “settling in effectively,” in accordance with Jen Fields, spokeswoman for the Columbus Zoo.
“After finishing a compulsory quarantine interval upon his arrival, Lee might be launched to 11-year-old twin sisters, Aurora and Anana,” Fields stated in a information launch.
“Lee is an especially necessary ambassador for his threatened species, and we’re proud to be part of efforts to assist maintain the polar bear inhabitants, elevate public consciousness and help polar bear analysis within the Arctic,” stated Tom Stalf, chief government officer of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
The polar bear mating plan is commonly pushed by the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival plan.
The Denver Zoo lately cut up up Lee and his longtime mate, 16-year-old feminine Cranbeary, after they failed to provide offspring. Cranbeary was despatched to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.
Cranbeary and Lee had been the zoo’s solely polar bears, however zookeepers promise they are going to work to deliver extra of the snowy white animals again to Denver.
At the moment there are between 20,000 and 25,000 polar bears of their native lands of Alaska, Canada, Russia, Norway and Denmark, Fields stated.