Still from the George Cuevas’ video tour of Project Polar (watch the video at the bottom of the page)


Location:  Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Address:  Branton, Doncaster DN4 6TB, UK

Telephone:  +44 (0) 1302 535 057



Exhibit:  Project Polar


Hamish (male) born in RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig, Kingussie, Scotland, UK on 18 December 2017.  Arrived at Doncaser 4 November 2020.

Luka (male) born Ouwehands Zoo, Rhenen, Netherlands on 1 December 2011.  Arrived at Doncaster from Wuppertal Zoo, Germany on 2 December 2020.

Nobby (male) born in Hellabrunn Zoo, Munchen, Germany, 9 December 2013.  Arrived at Doncaster 16 February 2016.

Sisu (male) born in Ranua Wildlife Park, Finland 21 November 2016.  Arrived Doncaster 13 December 2020.


We believe that Project Polar is one of the four largest polar bear reserves in the world (the others are in Canada, Denmark and Sweden).  It was opened in April 2009.

Covering 40,500 square metres (10 acres) and divided into two main sections, the reserve is designed to replicate the Arctic tundra and includes raised areas, caves, rock covered terrain planted with pines, silver birch, blueberries, heathers and wild flowers.  There are a number of lakes, the facility includes a number of lakes, the largest of which is around6,500 square metres (7,800 square yards) in area and 7.5 metres (25 feet) deep.

The aim is for the facility to become an international centre for the conservation and rehabilitation of polar bears. The Project will include rescue bears from substandard conditions around the world and will work to improve polar bear welfare in zoos and parks. Working with Polar Bears International, Project Polar will also work to support the conservation and welfare of wild bears.  It is also intended that the facility will become an international centre for research and education at all levels with the support of regional universities.


None at present.

 We do not as yet have details of the feeding, exercise, medical and enrichment regimes at the Park.

More Information

George Cuevas’ excellent video tour of Project Polar can be watched below.  Published on 23 February 2020, three of the four bears mentioned have since departed with only Nobby still there.

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Page updated 14 December 2020