Inukshuk photographed at Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat, Winter 2018/19  (Cochrane PBH)

Name:  Inukshuk (male)

Born: Circa December 2002 in the wild at Fort Severn, Ontario, Canada

Mother: Unknown

Father: Unknown

Siblings:  None known

Current location: Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat, Ontario, Canada

History of captivity:

  1. Born in the wild in the Fort Severn area of Ontario, probably December 2002
  2. Rescued (see “Additional Information”, below) and moved to Toronto Zoo, Ontario on 26 February 2003
  3. Transferred to Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien, Saint-Félicien, Quebec 7 April 2004
  4. Transferred to Toronto Zoo 22 June 2009
  5. Transferred to Cochrane 1 October 2012
  6. Transferred to Toronto Zoo 6 February 2013
  7. Transferred to Cochrane 25 July 2013
  8. Transferred to Toronto 31 January 2014
  9. Transferred to Cochrane 29 May 2014
  10. Transferred to Toronto 13 February 2015
  11. Transferred to Cochrane 28 September 2016


  • Taiga and Ganuk, born 30 November 2009 at Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien, Saint-Félicien, Quebec
  • Hudson and Humphrey born 12 November 2011 at Toronto Zoo
  • Juno and unnamed cub (died within 24 hours of birth) born 11 November 2015 at Toronto Zoo.

Additional Information

Inukshuk is an Inuktitut word for the marker stones or cairns which are built in the Arctic tundra, probably as landmarks.  The literal meaning of the word is “that which acts in the capacity of a human”. 

It is said that, after his mother had been killed by hunters, Inukshuk was found pawing at the door of the Fort Severn police station.

Inukshuk is said to be uncomfortable in small spaces and reacts to quick movements.  He is described as a fast learner and the Polar Bear Habitat say that they have made the most progress with him of all the bears at Cochrane.

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Page updated 29 September 2020