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Facility

Location:  The Alaska Zoo

Address:  4731 O’Malley Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507, USA

Telephone:  +1 907-346-2133

Website contact form: https://www.alaskazoo.org/location-and-contact-form

Website:  https://www.alaskazoo.org

Exhibit: Polar Bear Habitat

Bears

Cranbeary (female).  Born in captivity 21 November 2001 in Denver Zoo.  24 October 2018  arrived at Alaska Zoo.

Lyutyik (“Louie”) (male). Born in captivity 9 December 2000 at Leningradsky Zoopark, Saint Petersburg, Russia.  15 August 2006 arrived at Alaska Zoo.

Details

The Alaska Zoo is in the process of upgrading the Polar Bear Habitat.  Phase one of this work was completed in 2016.  The Zoo’s website details the facilities included in the phase:

    • A dedicated facility for orphaned, abandoned or injured cubs from the Alaska North Slope

    • Video monitoring capability

    • A holding den space for up to 6 polar bear cubs at a time

    • A maternity den for resident polar bears

    • Adding a natural substrate area

The work was specifically designed to bring the Zoo’s polar bear exhibit up to the current standards and guidelines of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Whilst much of the work included in the first phase is off-exhibit, phase two was to concentrate on the on-exhibit aspects of the facility.  Originally the work was planned to follow-on immediately from the completion of phase one but, due to economic reasons, work has yet to commence (as at August 2019).  At present it is not clear exactly what will now be provided by this phase, nor when work is likely to start.

Concerns

  1.  Captive breeding programme
  2.  Repetitive, stereotypical behaviour (which can often be witnessed live on the Zoo’s webcam – see bottom of this page)
  3.  With the postponement of phase 2 of the upgrade programme the on-exhibit facilities remain unfit for purpose; they are too small and fail to meet many of the basic requirements for the well-being of the bears.

 We do not have details of the feeding, exercise, medical and enrichment regimes at the Alsaka Zoo.

The Zoo’s live Polar Bear Habitat webcam can be viewed by clicking below.

Return to Captive Polar Bear Directory

Page updated 11 August 2019

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