Nora at Utah’s Hogle Zoo (Utah’s Hogle Zoo – Fair use)

Name:  Nora (female)

Born: 6 November 2015

Mother: Aurora

Father: Nanuq (deceased)

Siblings:  Neva (female) and Nuniq (male) born November 2016.  Also half sister Luna (born for Nanuq in November 2012.

Current location: Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, Utah

History of captivity:

  1. Born in captivity at Columbus Zoo, Powell, Ohio, USA on 6 November 2015
  2. Tansferred to Oregon Zoo, Portland, Oegon, USA on 14 September 2016
  3. Transferred to Utah’s Hogle Zoo on 19 September 2017

Progeny: None

Additional Information

After Hope’s mother abandoned her she was hand-reared in Columbus Zoo.  After being featured in a series of articles (see links below), a video and a children’s book Nora is probably the most widely known polar bear in the USA.

Nora broke the humerus bone in her right front leg in February 2019 whilst playing at Hogle Zoo and received surgery.  In May 2019 the Zoo reported that Nora was making a good recovery.

The Loneliest Polar Bear: the series of articles published in The Oregonian in 2016 / 2017.  The page also has links to the children’s book about Nora. (Opens in new window.)

Below is the video “Thin Ice: A Polar Bear’s Plight” about Nora. (Note: the opinions expressed in this video are those of the contributors and their organisations, and not necessarily of Bear Conservation)

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Page updated 17 July 2019 2019

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