The new Polar Bear facility at Aquarium Quebec with first resident Eddy (Sépaq)
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
Website: (English language) https://www.sepaq.com/ct/paq/index.dot?language_id=1
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.
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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