Belij & brother Selij in a video still published shortly after their arrival in Budapest (All rights reserved © Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden)

Name:  Belij (male)

Born:  28 November 2015 at Udmurtia State Zoological Park, Izhevsk, Russia

Mother:  Dumka

Father:  Nord

Siblings: Twin brother Serij, Nissan (male) born 2013 and Purga (female) a half-sibling born 2017 to Dumka

Current location: Pairi Daiza, Brugelette, Belgium

History of captivity:

  1. Born in captivity in Udmurtia State Zoo, Izhevsk, Russia 28 November 2015
  2. Transferred to Budapest Zoo, Hungary 16 March 2017
  3. Transferred to Pairi Daiza 6 June 2020

Progeny:  None

Additional Information

Belij is Russian for  “White”.  After arriving in Hungary Belij was adopted by the Hungarian Ice Hockey Association.  He and his brother Serij (“Grey”) have a close, affectionate relationship.  It is likely that the brothers will be separated when mature enough to breed, around 2023.

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Page updated 21 February 2021