Taiga (2009 – 2019) in Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat

Deceased bears

Details of deceased captive polar bears will be added here, with the most recent deaths listed first.

2021

  • Snow Lilly ♀ was euthanized in Milwaukee County Zoo, Wisconsin, USA on 24 September 2021.  She was 36 years old and suffering from heart disease and a number of other age related conditions.
  • Eddy ♂ died in Aquarium du Quebec, Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada on 9 June 2021, aged 21. Cause of death: kidney failure (euthanized)
  • Khabar ♂ died in Khabarovsk Zoo on 30 May 2021, aged only 6.  An autopsy was due to be conducted but we do not know the results and are unaware of the cause of death.
  • Umka ♂  died in Ekaterinburg Zoo, Russia on 20 April 2021, believed to have been aged 25.  The cause of death was the ingesting of a rubber ball – see article.
  • Uslada (Услада) ♀ died in Leningrad Zoo, Russia on 13 April 2021.  She was 33 and gave birth to a total of 16 cubs.
  • Little One ♂ was euthanized in Cincinnati Zoo, Ohio, USA on 27 March 2021.  The zoo stated that his death was due to renal failure and a rapid decline in his health and quality of life.
  • Tromso ♂ died in Amnéville Zoo, France on 4 March 2021.  Believed to have been born in a circus in the winter of 1987/88.  On the 7 December 2020 the zoo stated “For a few days now, Tromso has not woken up on its (sic) own in the morning, has stopped eating, is not very active, has breathing difficulties and its (sic) hind legs are full of fluid.”
  • Olinka ♀ died in Rotterdam Zoo on 9 February 2021.  She had liver cancer and was 28.
  • Anana ♀ died of heart failure before or during a breeding attempt with male bear Nuka at Detroit Zoo on 8 February 2021.  More here.

2020

  • Murma ♀ died in Moscow Zoo, Russia on 24 October 2020.  Born in the wild in the winter of 1990/91.
  • Boris ♂ died in Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Tacoma, Washinton, USA, aged 34, on 1 September 2020.  Boris was the last of the “Suarez Brothers Seven”, a group of six polar bears (the seventh, Royal, died in transit) rescued from the Suarez Brothers Mexican Circus in Puerto Rico in 2002, where they had been kept in hot, terrible conditions. The other bears include Bärle ♀, Detroit, 2012, Kenneth ♂, Tacoma, 2012, Alaska ♀, MD, 2013, and Wilhelm ♂. Milwaukee, 2013. Masha♂, was euthanized in 2007 due to multiple serious medical conditions.
  • Victor ♂ died of kidney failure in Yorkshire Wildlife Park , United Kingdom on 21 August 2020.  He was 22 years old and in his life fathered 13 cubs.
  • Buzz ♂ died in Como Park Zoo, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA on 1 August 2020.  He was 24 years old.  The Zoo issued a statement saying that Buzz’s health declined due to suspected neurological issues and, after all treatment options were exhausted, the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him.  He is survived by his twin brother Neil.  More here.
  • Yura ♀ died in Ouwehands Zoo, Rhenen, Netherlands on 11 June 2020 from injuries received from her older sister Sura.  She was seven months old and is survived by her twin brother Yuka.  More here.
  • Romeo ♂ died in Riga Zoo, Latvia on 21 May 2020.  We are not aware of th cause of death but he was 30 years old.
  • Aurora ♀ died in Udmurtia State Zoological Park, Izhevsk, Russia on 28 April 2020 after being transferred from Royev Ruchei Zoo, Krasnoyarsk, Russia.  She was just ten years old and was killed by male bear Balou.  Click here to read more (opens in new window).  aurora was born in the wild, probably in 2009.

2019

  • Liya ♀ died suddenly in Sea World, Gold Coast, Australia 28 December 2019.  She was aged 19.
  • Nika ♀ died in Karlsruhe Zoo, Germany on 26 November 2019, she was exactly 19 years old.  Nika’s condition deteriorated suddenly after suffering from leg ulcers for a number of years.  She was euthanized.
  • Lyutyik (“Louie”) ♂ died in Alaska Zoo 13 October 2019, aged 19.  He had a kidney tumour.
  • Bora ♀ born in Vienna Zoo, Austria on 20 November 1986.  She arrived in Prague Zoo, Czech Republic on 10 September 1997.  She gave birth to a cub, Berta on 2 December 2003; Berta is still in Praque Zoo.  Bora suffered a suspected stroke early in 2019. On 27 August 2019 she was found to be paralyzed on the right side of her body, probably due to a second stroke. Aged 32 she was euthanised.
  • Maleishka ♀ died in Kazan Zoo, Russia on 10 July 2019, aged 23.  We are not aware of the cause of death.
  • Tim ♂ died in Kharkov Zoo 21 April 2019.  Believed to be 33 years old.
  • Nuuk (Nordman) ♂ died in his sleep in March 2019, aged 25.
  • Bam Bam ♀ died in Kansas City Zoo, USA on 20 February 2019, aged 31.  She was suffering from liver cancer.
  • Blizzard ♂ born in the wild 2013, died 28 January 2019 in Assiniboine Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, aged 5.  She had not been eating for some time but following a course of antibiotics her condition began to improve.  Following a relapse she was anesthetized and did not regain consciousness.  It is possible that she was suffering from heart problems.
  • Taiga ♀ died in Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat, Ontario, Canada on 21 January 2019.  The cause of death was pneumonia.
  • Nord ♂ died in Tallinn Zoo, Estonia on 8 January 2019, he was17.  A behavioral problem had caused an ulcer on one of his paws, for which he received treatment for over a year.  His condition deteriorated prior to his death. 

2018

  • Jonny ♂, died in Peaugres Safari Park, France on 25 May 2018, aged 27.
  • Felix ♂, born in Berlin Zoo, Germany 16 December 1994, died in Zoo Safari Fasano, Italy 13 July 2018.
  • Aurora ♀, Rochester 2018
  • Coldilocks ♀, Philadelphia, 2018
  • Ahpun ♀ (‘98), Alaska Zoo, 2018

2017

  • Hallensia ♀, died in Peaugres Safari Park, France on 22 February 2017, aged 27.
  • Manasse ♂ born 28 November 1989 in Kolmården Wildlife Park, Sweden, died 28 August 2017 in Ranua Wildlife Park, Finland.  Father of Ranzo , born 2011.
  • Kobe ♀, Lincoln Park, 2017
  • Nanuq ♂, Columbus, 2017
  • Rizzo ♀, Salt Lake City, 2017
  • Tundra ♂, Bronx Zoo, 2017
  • Uulu ♀, San Franciso, 2017
  • Szenja ♀, Seaworld, CA 2017
  • Aussie ♂ , Brookfield Zoo 2017

2016

  • Tundra ♀, Detroit, 2016
  • Conrad ♂, Portland, 2016
  • Tasul ♀, Portland, 2016
  • Zero ♂, Rochester 2016

2015

  • Eli ♂ born 2014 in the wild, died 15 July 2015 in Assiniboine Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  No progeny.
  • Magnet ♂, Baltimore, 2015
  • Pike ♀, San Francisco, 2015
  • Klondike ♀, Philadelphia 2015
  • Glacier ♂, Tacoma 2015

2014

  • Johnny ♂, Orlando, 2014
  • Patches ♀, NC Zoo 2014

2013

  • Aquila ♂, NC, 2013
  • Alaska ♀, MD, 2013
  • Arki ♀, Louisville, 2013
  • Wilhelm ♂. Milwaukee, 2013
  • Klondike ♂, Orlando, 2013
  • Mishka ♀, Madison, 2013
  • Aurora ♀, Cleveland, 2013
  • Gus ♂, Central Park Zoo, 2013

2012

  • Bärle ♀ was rescued from a Mexican circus in Puerto Rico in 2002.  She was believed to have been born in the wild in Manitoba in 1984.  She arrived in Detroit Zoo on 19 November 2002 and was euthanised on 18 July 2012, suffering from lymphosarcoma.  She had one cub, Talini born in 2004.
  •  Kenda ♀ died 2011 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Soosha ♀ died 2012 in Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Charly ♂ died 2012 in, San Diego, California
  • Kenneth ♂, Tacoma, 2012
  • Snow ♀, Tucson, 2012
  • Soosha ♀ died in  2012 in Denver, Colorado, USA

2011

  • Teddy ♂ dies in Peaugres Safari Park, France on 19 April 2011, aged 30.
  • Kenda ♀ died 2011 in Worcester, Massachusetts,  USA

1992

  • Misha ♂ was a circus polar bear rescued in 1979 and brought to live at Bristol Zoo in the UK. He died in 1992 but helped change zoos forever, becoming the centre of an international animal rights campaign because of his clearly depressed behaviour. The story of his suffering, caused as much by the circus as by his pitiful zoo enclosure, was picked up around the world and arguably became a turning point in how animals were kept in zoos.  For more click here to view a BBC video and here for an article published 7 October 2019 (both open in new windows).

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Page updated 25 September 2021