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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 53 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 314 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 89 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.

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).









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



  • 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 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)



  • Brno Zoo
    • Cora (female)







  • Ranua Wildlife Park



  • Amnéville Zoo
    • Tromso (male)
  • 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)
  • Mulhouse Zoo
    • Sesi (female)
    • Vicks (male)
  • Palmyre Zoo, Les Matthes
    • Lale (female)
    • Noordje (female)
  • Peaugres Safari Park
    • Hallensia (female)
    • Jonny (male)



  • 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)



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





  • 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 bears since 06 January 2020
  • Hirakawa Zoo
    • Kana (female)
  • Kobe Oji Zoo
    • Miyuki (female)
  • Kushiroshi Zoo
    • Milk (female)
    • Kiroru (male)
  • Obihiro Zoo
    • Aira (female)
  • Oga Aquarium
    • Yuki (female)
    • Goto (male)
  • 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)



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





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



  • 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)



  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Seversk Zoo Park
    • UD (male)
  • Udmurtia State Zoological Park, Izhevsk
    • Dumka (female)
    • Purga (female)
    • Zabava (female)
    • Balou (male)



  • 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



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



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



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



  • 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)
  • Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo, New York
  • Cincinnati Zoo, Ohio
    • Little One (male)
  • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Saint Paul, Minnesota
    • 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
    • Anana (female)
    • Suka (female)
    • Nuka (male)
  • Henry Vilas Zoo, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Kansas City Zoo, Missouri
    • Berlin (female)
    • Nuniq (male)
  • Lincoln Park & Zoological Gardens, Chicago, Illinois
  • Maryland Zoo, Baltimore
    • Amelia Gray (female)
    • Neva (female)
  • Milwaukee County Zoo, Wisconsin
  • North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, North Carolina
    • Anana (female)
    • Payton (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)
  • 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)

Deceased bears

Details of various deceased captive polar bears will be added here.

  • Boris (male) died in Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Tacoma, Washinton, USA, aged 34, on 1 September 2020.
  • Victor (male) died of kidney failure in Yorkshire Wildlife Park , United Kingdom on 21 August 2020.  He was 22 years old and in his life fathered 13 cubs.
  • Buzz (male) died in Como Park Zoo, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA on 1 August 2020.  He was 24 years old.  The Zoo issued a statement saying that Buzz’s health declined due to suspected neurological issues and, after all treatment options were exhausted, the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him.  He is survived by his twin brother Neil.  More here.
  • Yura (female) died in Ouwehands Zoo, Rhenen, Netherlands on 11 June 2020 from injuries received from her older sister Sura.  She was seven months old and is survived by her twin brother Yuka.  More here.
  • Aurora (female) died in Udmurtia State Zoological Park, Izhevsk, Russia on 28 April 2020 after being transferred from Royev Ruchei Zoo, Krasnoyarsk, Russia.  She was killed by male bear Balou.  Click here to read more (opens in new window).  aurora was born in the wild, probably in 2009.
  • Taiga (female) died in Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat, Ontario, Canada 21 January 2019.
  • Liya (female) died in Sea World, Gold Coast, Australia 28 December 2019.
  • Lyutyik (“Louie”) (male) died in Alaska Zoo 13 October 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.
  • Bärle (female) was rescued from a Mexican circus in Puerto Rico in 2002.  She was believed to have been born in the wild in Manitoba in 1984.  She arrived in Detroit Zoo on 19 November 2002 and was euthanised on 18 July 2012, suffering from lymphosarcoma.  She had one cub, Talini born in 2004.
  • Blizzard (male) born in the wild 2013, died 28 January 2019 in Assiniboine Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  No progeny.
  • Bora (female) born in Vienna Zoo, Austria on 20 November 1986.  She arrived in Prague Zoo, Czech Republic on 10 September 1997.  She gave birth to a cub, Berta on 2 December 2003; Berta is still in Praque Zoo.  Bora suffered a suspected stroke early in 2019. On 27 August 2019 she was found to be paralyzed on the right side of her body, probably due to a second stroke. Aged 32 she was euthanised.
  • Misha was a circus polar bear rescued in 1979 and brought to live at Bristol Zoo in the UK. He died in 1992 and helped change zoos forever, becoming the centre of an international animal rights campaign because of his clearly depressed behaviour. The story of his suffering, caused as much by the circus as by his pitiful zoo enclosure, was picked up around the world and arguably became a turning point in how animals were kept in zoos.  For more click here to view a BBC video and here for an article published 7 October 2019 (both open in new windows).

Page updated 25 January 2021