Polar bears are back at the zoo

Since a few days, polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are housed again at the zoo.
Lale, 5 y.o, and Noordje, 6 y.o., just arrived from Emmen Zoo in the Netherlands, after a recommendation of the European Breeding Program for this species.

After their crates were unloaded from the truck, the two females were anesthetized to be safely moved to their new building. Our veterinarians checked their general condition, took blood samples, conducted a dental and paw examination before administering them an antidote that quickly awakened the two females. 24 hours later, they discovered their outside enclosure.

Polar bears, listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, are highly threatened in Arctic because of climate change.