The new Polar Bear facility at Aquarium Quebec with first resident Eddy (Sépaq)

Facility

Location:  Aquarium du Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Address:  1675 Avenue des Hôtels, Québec, QC G1W 4S3, Canada

Telephone: 1 418 659 5264

Sépaq* head office reception: 418 686 4875

Sépaq* toll-free number: 1 800 665 6527 (Canada and the United States only)

*Sépaq is the agency of the Government of Quebec that manages parks and wildlife reserves, including the Aquarium Quebec

Email: aquarium@sepaq.com

Website: (English language)  https://www.sepaq.com/ct/paq/index.dot?language_id=1

Bears

Eddy (male). Born 10 December 1999 in Aquarium du Quebec and temporarily relocated to Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat in February 2019.  Arrived back early on 23 September 2020 after an overnight journey.

Male bears Hudson and Humphrey were due to arrive from Toronto Zoo to join Eddy but this transfer is on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic (as at 12 October, 2020).

Details

The polar bear habitat at the Aquarium was modernised and doubled in size during 2019 at a cost of $7.5 million.  It includes improved facilities for training, healthcare and animal husbandry. The modernisation was designed to improve conditions for the bears and the visiting experience for the public, showcasing water features and providing better viewing in a more natural setting. There are interpretation panels and new observation shelters.

The stated aim of the design was to meet the highest standards for animal well-being while ensuring a unique and memorable experience for visitors.

While the arrival of the male bears Hudson and Humphrey has been delayed, the plan is to house only male bears in the Aquarium and only females in Toronto Zoo.  The grouping of species by sex aims to limit the reproduction in captivity of polar bears, as recommended by the organization North American Polar Bear Species Survival Plan, in order to prioritize the adoption of young orphaned polar bears whose natural habitat is threatened by global warming.

Concerns

None at present.  We await detailed information on the new facility and the care regime, including diet, exercise, medical and enrichment regimes.

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Page created 12 October 2020