Yupik. Orphaned by hunters in 1990 she spent 25 years in a hot, cramped Mexican roadside zoo.  She died in November 2017, still in the same place despite a number of attempts to have her relocated.  (Zoocheck)

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 151 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 21 of these have individual entries linked from the directory.  While some of these are still under construction, a number already have detailed reviews of their facilities and husbandry.

We have listed 312 captive polar bears; in all likelihood there are others we are not yet aware of.  To date 44 of the bears have detailed biographical entries (follow the links from the directory).  More are being added every week.

 

Australia

 

Belgium

  • Pairi Daiza, Brugelette
    • No bears to date – new facility due to open 2020

 

Brazil

 

Canada

  • Aquarium du Quebec, Quebec
    • The facility is closed for enlargement and modernisation.  Due to reopen December 2019.
  • Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Ontario
    • Aurora (female)
    • Juno (female)
    • Nikita (female)
    • Hudson (male)
    • Humphrey (male)
  • Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien, Saint-Félicien, Quebec
    • Aisaqvak (female)
    • Milak (female)
    • Kinuk (male)
    • Shouka (male)
    • Yellé (male)

 

China

  • Beijing Zoo
    • AnAn (female)
    • MiMi (female)
    • Ji (male)
    • LeLe (male)
    • PingPing (male)
    • Samson (male)
    • Possible fifth male – name not known
  • Dalian Laohutan Ocean Park Pole Aquarium, Dalian, Liaoning
  • Haichang Polar Ocean Parks (Haichang tend to move animals between their sites; bears may be found at sites other than as listed.)
    • Chengdu Haichang Polar Ocean Park
      • TaoTao (male)
    • Hangzhou Polar Ocean Park
      • Babe (female; probable hybrid polar / brown bear)
    • Qingdao Haichang Polar Ocean Park
      • Yang Yang (female)
      • Unknown (male)
    • Shanghai Haichang Polar Ocean Park
    • Tianjin Haichang Polar Ocean Park
      • Unknown (female)
      • Pizza (male)
    • Wuhan Haichang Polar Ocean Park
      • Le Le (female)
      • Jing Jing (male)
    • Zhengzhou Haichang Ocean Park
  • Harbin Polarland, Haerbin, Heilongjiang
    • Bering (male)
    • Malygin (male)
  • Nanjing Underwater World
    • Terminator (aka Promitey) (male)
    • Bei Bei (aka Kazja) (male)
    • Xiao Bai (male)
  • Ocean Aquarium of Penglai
    • Peng Peng (female)
    • Yilina (female)
    • Yuan Yuan (female)
    • Royce (male)
  • Qingdao Jiangshan Wildlife Kingdom
    • Rostick (male)
  • Qujiang Polar Ocean World, Xi’an
    • Eska (female)
    • Sesi (female)
  • Shenzhen Xiaomeisha Sea World
    • Pezoo (male)
  • Tiger Beach (Laihutan) Ocean Park, Dalian
    • Nina (female)
    • Vicky (female)
    • Phineas (male)
    • Unknown (male)
  • Underwater World, Nantong
    • Obama (male)
  • Wuxi Ocean Park
    • No bears reported to date; believed to be still under construction
  • Xiangjiang Safari Park, Guangzhou
    • Danya (female)
    • Cukla (female)
    • Snowflake (female)
    • Ike (male)
    • Nord (male)

 

Czech Republic

  • Brno Zoo
    • Cora (female)
    • Nora (female)
    • Umka (male)
  • Prague Zoo
    • Berta (female)
    • Bora (female)
    • Tom (male)

 

Denmark

  • Aalborg Zoo
    • Malik (female)
    • Nuku (female)
    • Quilak (female)
    • North (male)
  • Copenhagen Zoo
    • Noel (female)
    • Lynn (female)
    • Imaq (female)
  • Scandinavian Wildlife Park, Kolind
    • Ika (female)
    • Nuno (female)
    • Ivan (male)
    • Siku (male)
    • Nanook (male)
    • Nuuk (male)

 

Estonia

 

Finland

  • Ranua Wildlife Park
    • Venus (female)
    • Sisu (male)

 

France

  • Amnéville Zoo
    • Tromso (male)
  • Antibes Marineland
    • Flocke (female)
    • Raspoutine (male)
  • De Cerza Zoo, Hernival-les-Vauz
    • Simone (female)
    • Nicky (female)
  • La  Flèche Zoo
    • Taiko (male)
  • Mulhouse Zoo
    • Sesi (female)
    • Tina (female)
    • Vicks (male)
  • Palmyre Zoo, Les Matthes
    • Lale (female)
    • Noordje (female)
  • Parc Zoo du Reynou
    • New polar bear exhibit due to open 2019
  • Peaugres Safari Park
    • Hallensia (female)
    • Jonny (male)

 

Germany

  • Berlin Zoo
    • Katyusha (female)
    • Volodya (male)
  • Bremerhaven Zoo
    • Valeska (female)
    • Lloyd (male)
  • Hagenbeck Zoo, Hamburg
    • Victoria (female)
    • Blizzard (male)
  • Hannover
    • Charlotte (female)
    • Milana (female)
    • Sprinter (male)
  • 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)
    • Volodya (male)
  • 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)
    • Luka (male)
  • ZOOM Erlebniswelt, Gelsenkirchen
    • Antonia (feamle)
    • 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
    • Hokuto (male)
  • Hirakawa Zoo
    • Kana (female)
  • Kobe Oji Zoo
    • Miyuki (female)
  • Kumamoto Zoo
    • Maruru (female)
  • Kushiroshi Zoo
    • Milk (female)
    • Kiroru (male)
  • Obihoro Zoo
    • Aira (female)
  • Oga Aquarium
    • Yuki (female)
    • Goto (male)
  • Sapporo Marayama Zoo, Hokkaidō
    • Candy (female)
    • Lara (female)
    • Lira (female)
    • Denali (male)
  • Shizuoka Municipal Nihondaira Zoo
    • Vania (female)
    • Rossy (male)
  • Tobe Zoo
    • Peace (female)
  • Tokushina Zoo
    • Pororo (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)
    • Winnie (female)
    • Kai (male)
  • Yokohama Sea Paradise
    • Yukihime (female)
    • Yukimaru (male)
  • Zoorasia, Yokohama
    • Ballyba (female)
    • Tsuyoshi (female)
    • Jambui (male)

 

Kazakhstan

 

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)
    • Todz (male)
  • Dierenrijk Zoo, Nuenen
    • Elva (female)
    • Frimas (female)
    • Nivi (female)
    • Henk (male)
  • Friesland Aquazoo, Leeuwarden
    • Felix (male)
    • Nanu (male)
  • Ouwehands Zoo, Rhenen
    • Freedom (female)
    • Huggies (female)
    • Sura (female)
  • 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)
    • Sereshki (female)
    • Snezhinka (female)
    • Sedov (male)
  • Ivanovo Travelling Circus “Polar Bear Show”
    • Dora (female)
    • Knop (female)
    • Motya (female)
    • Umka (female)
  • Kazan Zoo
    • Maleishka (female)
    • Terpey (male)
  • Khabarovsk Zoo
    • Chabar (male)
  • Leningradsky Zoopark, Saint Petersburg
    • Uslada (female)
  • 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 (feamle)
    • Ursula (female)
    • Unnamed (female)
    • Felix (male)
  • Rostov Zoo
    • Kometa (female)
    • Aion (male)
  • Seversk Zoo Park
    • UD (male)
  • Udmurtia State Zoological Park, Izhevsk
    • Dumka (female)
    • Purga (female)
    • Zabava (female)
    • Balou (male)
  • Yakutsk Zoo
    • Kolymana (female)
    • Khaartschaana (female)
    • Lomonosov (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)

 

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

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

 

United Kingdom

  • RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig, Kingussie
    • Victoria (female)
    • Arktos (male)
    • Hamish (male)
    • Walker (male)
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster
    • Nissan (male)
    • Nobby (male)
    • Pixel (male)
    • Victor (male)

 

United States of America

  • ABQ Bio Park Zoo, Albuquerque, New Mexico (aka Rio Grande Zoo)
    • Kiska (male)
    • Koluk (male)
  • Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois
    • Nanuyaak (female)
    • Hudson (male)
  • Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo, New York
    • Luna (female)
    • Sakari (male)
  • Cincinnati Zoo, Ohio
    • Anana (female)
    • Little One (male)
  • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Saint Paul, Minnesota
    • Buzz (male)
    • Neal (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 Zoological Park, Michigan
    • Suka (female)
    • Nuka (male)
  • Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Berit (female)
    • Nuniq (male)
  • Kansas City Zoo, Kansas
    • Berlin (female)
  • Lincoln Park & Zoological Gardens, Chicago, Illinois
    • Talini (female)
    • Siku (male)
  • Louisville Zoo, Kentucky
    • Qannik (female)
  • Maryland Zoo, Baltimore
    • Amelia Gray (female)
    • Neva (female)
  • Milwaukee County Zoo, Wisconsin
    • Snow Lilly (female)
  • North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, North Carolina
    • Anana (female)
    • Nikita (male)
  • Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Omaha, Nebraska
    • None since death of Fanny (aka Bam Bam) (female) on 19 February 2019
  • Oregon Zoo, Portland, Oregon
    • New exhibit “Polar Passage” due to open 2020
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Pennsylvania
    • Snowflake (female)
    • Koda (male)
  • Port Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, Washington
    • Blizzard (male)
    • Boris (male)
  • San Diego SeaWorld, California
    • No polar bears at present but Snowflake is expected to return from her loan to Pittsburgh Zoo at some point in 2019
  • San Diego Zoo, California
    • Chinook (female)
    • Tatqiq (female)
    • Kalluk (male)
  • Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, New York
    • Anoki (female)
  • Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Hope (female)
    • Nora (female)

Deceased bears

Details of recently deceased captive polar bears will be added here during 2019.

  • Eli (male) born 2014 in the wild, died 15 July 2015 in Assiniboine Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  No progeny.
  • Manasse (male) born 28 November 1989 in Kolmården Wildlife Park, Sweden, died 28 August 2017 in Ranua Wildlife Park, Finland.  Father of Ranzo , born 2011.
  • Blizzard (male) born in the wild 2013, died 28 January 2019 in Assiniboine Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  No progeny.

Page updated 21 July 2019

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