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Click on the buttons below (or scroll down the page) and then on the names of individual zoos and bears for detailed information (where available).

This directory lists 152 zoos, aquariums and parks (including one circus) known or believed to be keeping polar bears at present, to be planning to do so or to have done so in the recent past.  So far 58 of these have individual entries linked from the directory.  While some of these pages are still under construction, a number already have detailed reviews of their facilities and husbandry.

We have listed 315 captive polar bears; in all likelihood there are others we are not yet aware of.  However, it is certain that some of the bears listed in China are brown bear / polar bear hybrids.  To date 86 of the bears have detailed biographical entries (follow the links from the directory).  More are being added every week.

To read more on the basic welfare requirements for captive polar bears click here.

In 2002 the Canadian Polar Bear Protection Act was enacted, the so called “Manitoba Standards”; download a copy here.

You can download a copy of the 2018 International Studbook for Polar Bears from our server by clicking here (contains information submitted up to 30 June 2019).

 

Australia

 

Austria

 

Belgium

 

Canada

  • Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien, Saint-Félicien, Quebec

 

China

  • Beijing Zoo
    • AnAn (female)
    • MiMi (female)
    • Ji (male)
    • LeLe (male)
    • Samson (male)
    • Possible fifth male – name not known
  • Haichang Ocean Parks (Haichang tend to move animals between their sites; bears may be found at sites other than as listed.)
  • Hangzhou Polar Ocean Park
    • Babe (female; probable hybrid polar / brown bear)
  • Nanjing Underwater World
    • Terminator (aka Promitey) (male)
    • Bei Bei (aka Kazja) (male)
    • Xiao Bai (male)
  • Qingdao Jiangshan Wildlife Kingdom
    • Rostick (male)
  • Qujiang Polar Ocean World, Xi’an
    • Eska (female)
    • Sesi (female)
  • Underwater World, Nantong
    • Obama (male)
  • Wuxi Sunac Ocean Park
    • The park opened in December 2019.  In 2017 China Daily reported that it was intended to “resettle” polar bears here. No reports of them being here have been located to date.
  • Xiangjiang Safari Park, Guangzhou
    • Danya (female)
    • Cukla (female)
    • Snowflake (female)
    • Ike (male)
    • Nord (male)

 

Czechia

 

Denmark

 

Estonia

 

Finland

  • Ranua Wildlife Park

 

France

  • Amnéville Zoo
    • No polar bears since the death of Tromso (male) on 4 March 2021
  • Antibes Marineland
    • Flocke (female)
    • Tala (female)
    • Indiana (Indie) (male)
    • Yuma (male)
  • De Cerza Zoo, Hernival-les-Vauz
    • Simone (female)
    • Nicky (female)
    • Nissan (male)
    • Pixel (male)
  • La  Flèche Zoo
    • Quintana (female)
    • Aron (male)
  • La Palmyre Zoo – no polar bears since the dath of Tania in November 2018
  • Mulhouse Zoo
    • Sesi (female)
    • Kara (female) born November 2020
    • Vicks (male)
  • Peaugres Safari Park
    • Hallensia (female)
    • Jonny (male)

 

Germany

  • Berlin Zoo
    • Katyusha (female)
  • Bremerhaven Zoo
    • Valeska (female)
    • Lloyd (male)
  • Hagenbeck Zoo, Hamburg
    • Victoria (female)
    • Blizzard (male)
  • Hanover
    • Charlotte (female)
    • Milana (female)
    • Sprinter (male)
    • Nana (female)
  • Karlsruhe
    • Nika (female)
    • Cape (male)
  • Neumunster Zoo
    • Larissa (female)
    • Vitus (male)
  • Nuremberg Zoo
    • Vera (female)
    • Nanuq (male)
  • Rostock Zoo
    • Noria (female)
    • Sizzel (female)
    • Akiak (male)
  • Tierpark Friedrichfelde, Berlin
    • Tonja (female)
    • Hertha (female)
  • Wilhelma Zoo, Stuttgart
    • No polar bears since the death of Corinna (female) in July 2018 but the Zoo has plans to keep them in the future
  • Wuppertal Zoo
    • Anori (female)
  • ZOOM Erlebniswelt, Gelsenkirchen
    • Antonia (female)
    • Lara (female)
    • Bill (male)

 

Hungary

  • Sóstó Zoo (aka Nyíregyháza Zoo)
    • Sznezsana (female)
    • Zora (female)
    • Fiete (male)

 

Italy

 

Japan

  • Cuddly Dominion, Aso, Kumamoto (formerly Aso Bear Park)
    • Since the death of Kaachan (female) in February 2016 polar bears have not been kept here
  • Hamamitsu Zoo
    • Baffin (female)
    • Momo (female)
  • Higajhiyama Zoo, Nagoya
    • Sasquat (male)
  • Himeji City Zoo
    • No polar bears since 6 January 2020.  In March 2021 the zoo told us that, due to the historic nature of the site, it was not possible to carry out the large-scale renovation works that would be necessary to provide an acceptable environment for polar bears and that they had no plans to keep them in the future.
  • Hirakawa Zoo
    • Kana (female)
  • Kobe Oji Zoo
    • Miyuki (female)
  • Kushiroshi Zoo
    • Milk (female)
    • Kiroru (male)
  • Obihiro Zoo
    • Aira (female)
  • Oga Aquarium
    • Yuki (female)
    • Gota (male)
    • Unnamed cub (sex unknown) born 26 December 2020
  • Shizuoka Municipal Nihondaira Zoo
    • Vania (female)
    • Rossy (male)
  • Tobe Zoo
    • Peace (female)
  • Tokuyama Zoo, Shunan
    • No polar bears here since the death of Yuki (female) in November 2016
  • Toyohushi Zoo
    • Cookie (female)
  • Ueno Zoo
    • Dea (female)
    • Ikoro (male)
  • Yagiyama Zoo
    • Paula (female)
    • Kai (male)
  • Yokohama Sea Paradise
    • Yukihime (female)
    • Yukimaru (male)
  • Zoorasia, Yokohama
    • Ballyba (female)
    • Tsuyoshi (female)
    • Jambui (male)

 

Kazakhstan

  • Almaty Zoo
    • No polar bears since the death of Alkar (male) on 8 December 2020

 

Latvia

 

Mexico

  • Benito Juárez Zoological Park, Morelia
    • No polar bears since death of Yupik (male) in Novmeber 2018
  • Guadalajara Zoo
    • Agarta (female)

 

Netherlands

  • Diergaardo Blijdorp (aka Rotterdam Zoo)
    • Olinka (female)
    • Volodya (male)
  • Dierenrijk Zoo, Nuenen
    • Elva (female)
    • Frimas (female)
    • Nivi (female)
    • Henk (male)
  • Friesland Aquazoo, Leeuwarden
  • Ouwehands Zoo, Rhenen
    • Freedom (female)
    • Huggies (female)
    • Sura (female)
    • Yuka (male) born 27 November 2019 female twin Yura died 11 June 2020)
  • Wildlands Adventure Zoo, Emmen
    • Lili (female)
    • Nela (female)

 

Russia

  • Bolsherechye Zoo, Omsk Oblast
    • Gulya (female)
  • Chelyabinsk Zoo
    • Irisha (female)
    • Atin (male)
  • Ekaterinburg Zoo
    • Anina (female)
    • Umka (male)
  • Gelendzhik Safari Park
    • Lapa (female)
    • Seryozhka (female) (mother of the two unnamed cubs below)
    • Snezhinka (female)
    • Sedov (male) (father of the two unnmaed cubs below)
    • Unnamed cub (sex unknown)
    • Unnamed cub (sex unknown)
  • Kazan Zoo
    • Maleishka (female)
    • Terpey (male)
  • Khabarovsk Zoo
    • Chabar (male)
  • Limpopo Zoo, Nizhny Novgorod
    • Simona (female)
  • Moscow Zoo
    • Murma (female)
    • Vrangel (male)
  • Moscow Zoo Breeding Centre, Sychovo, near Volokolamsk
    • Nika (female)
  • Nalchik Zoo
    • Kutsii (female) (we believe this bear may have died)
  • Novosibirsk Zoo
    • Gerda (female)
    • Shauna (female)
    • Krassin (aka Kai) (male)
    • Nordi (male)
  • Penza Zoo
    • Bely (female)
  • Perm Zoo
    • Yumki (female)
    • Seriku (male)
  • Royev Ruchei Zoo, Krasnoyarsk
    • Aurora (female)
    • Ursula (female)
    • Martha (female)
    • Felix (male)
  • Rostov Zoo
    • Kometa (female)
    • Aion (male)
    • Unnamed cub (sex unknown) born 26 November 2020
  • Seversk Zoo Park
    • UD (male)
  • Udmurtia State Zoological Park, Izhevsk
    • Dumka (female)
    • Purga (female)
    • Zabava (female)
    • Balou (male)

 

Singapore

  • Singapore Zoo
    • Inuka (male) died in April 2018 and the Zoo has announced that it will bring no more polar bears to Singapore

 

South Korea

  • Everland, Yongin
    • Following the death of Tongki (male) in October 2018 it has been announced that there are no plans to import further polar bears into South Korea

 

Sweden

  • Orsa Rovdjurspark (Orsa Predator Park)
    • Ewa (female)
    • Hope (female)
    • Wilbär (male)
    • Cub (sex unknown) born to Ewa 3 December 2020

 

Tajikistan

  • Dushanbe Zoo
    • There were reports that there was a polar bear here but to date we can find no record of such a bear.

 

Thailand

  • Safari World, Bangkok
    • Udi (female)
    • Igor (male)

 

Ukraine

  • Mykolaiv (Nikolaev) Zoo
    • Smetanka (female)
    • Zefirka (female)
    • Nanuk (male)

 

United Kingdom

 

United States of America

  • ABQ Bio Park Zoo, Albuquerque, New Mexico (aka Rio Grande Zoo)
    • Kiska (male)
    • Koluk (male)
  • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Saint Paul, Minnesota
    • “Nan” (Nanuyaak or Nanutaaq) (female)
    • Neil (male)
  • Denver Zoological Gardens, Colorado
      • In October 2018 the exhibit was closed to be refurbished to house the zoo’s two grizzly bears. The zoo hopes to fund-raise to build a new polar bear exhibit.
  • Detroit Zoo, Michigan
    • Suka (female)
    • Nuka (male)
    • Astra (female) born 17 Nov 2020
    • Laerke (female) born 17 Nov 2020
  • Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Kansas City Zoo, Missouri
    • Berlin (female)
    • Nuniq (male)
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  • Lincoln Park & Zoological Gardens, Chicago, Illinois
  • Maryland Zoo, Baltimore
    • Amelia Gray (female)
    • Neva (female)
  • Milwaukee County Zoo, Wisconsin
  • Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Omaha, Nebraska
    • None since death of Fanny (aka Bam Bam) (female) on 19 February 2019
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pennsylvania
    • Snowflake (female)
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, Washington
    • Blizzard (male)
  • San Diego SeaWorld, California
    • No polar bears at present with Snowflake on long-term loan to Pittsburgh Zoo.
  • San Diego Zoo, California
    • Chinook (female)
    • Tatqiq (female)
    • Kalluk (male)

Page updated 12 May 2021