Name: Aurora (female)
Born: Around November 2012 in the wild
Siblings: None known
Current location: Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
History of captivity:
- Born in the Arctic in the winter of 2012/13.
- Rescued from near Churchill Airport, Manitoba and taken to the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, part of the Assiniboine Park Zoo on 28 October 2013.
Aurora was the first orphaned polar bear cub to be transferred from northern Manitoba to the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre. She was found wandering near the Churchill airport in the fall of 2013. Despite an extensive search, her mother was not found and she would not have survived on her own. Her name was chosen after a school-wide naming contest was held at Duke of Marlborough School in Churchill. She moved into the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the zoo in July 2014.
Winnipeg’s female polar bear named Aurora (article published 13 November 2013) (opens in new window).
The video below shows Aurora in quarantine in Winnipeg shortly after her arrival in 2013).