Things as they were – the old polar bear enclosure at Brno Zoo, 2020 (Packa – Creative Commons Licence)

Facility

Location: Brno Zoo

Address:  U Zoologické zahrady 46, 635 00 Brno, Czechia

Telephone:  +420 546 432 311

Website contact form:  https://www.zoobrno.cz/en/contact-form

Email:  zoo@zoobrno.cz

Website:  https://www.zoobrno.cz/en

Bears

Cora (female).  Born 27 November 1998 in captivity in Leningradsky Zoopark, Saint Petersburg, Russia.  Transferred to Brno 16 March 2000.

Details

In 2020 the zoo completed a refurbishment and upgrading of the polar bear enclosure.  The main area of work centered on providing a larger and deeper pool.  The original pool had a surface area of 50 square metres (60 square yards) and the new pool covers 135 square metres (162 square yards).  Shaped as an “irregular pentagon” it has a maximum depth of three metres (10 feet) and a total volume of 200 cubic metres (giving a capacity of around 50,000 gallons).  A waterfall has also been constructed.

Other work included doubling the size of the off-exhibit exhibition area with separate housing for two bears and the renovation and repainting of the back wall of the on-exhibit enclosure.

The zoo have stated that with new facilities and the larger pool  they will look to bring in a male bear to restart a breeding programme.  Female bear Cora has already given birth to five cubs that have survived into adulthood, most recently Noria born in 2015.

We have no further information on the facilities provided at the zoo.

Concerns

  1.  Cora displays steroetypical behaviour, including repetitive head-swinging. 
  2.  Use of bears for captive breeding despite previous problems including eating of newborn cubs by mother bear.
  3.  Despite the recent work this is still a small, outdated facility.

At present we have no information on  the feeding, exercise, medical and enrichment regimes Brno Zoo.

More Information

You can view the Zoo’s live polar bear cam, together with various other live animal cameras, at https://www.zoobrno.cz/en/live-cams

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Page updated 05 March 2021