At the recent conference of the AZA, Association of Zoos and Aquariums in Atlanta Georgia, the Columbus Zoo received top honors for its $20 Million Northern Climate bear habitat, Polar Frontier, which opened in May of 2010. The award was given for the zoos strong message on climate change and an emphasis on animal enrichment.
Aurora and Anana were born at the Toledo Zoo on November 25, 2006, the daughters of Crystal and Marty. They moved to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium in December of 2008 while they waited for their new home in Columbus to be built. Their mother gave birth to their little brother Siku in the Toledo Zoo on December 3, 2009. Siku, the only polar bear born in a USA zoo that year, has just moved to the Louisville Zoo.
Anana looks for fish to catch above the observation area downstairs.
|Anana catches a fish|
The enclosure echoes the look of Greenland, with old boat ruins, chunky rock formations, and an old fishing hut. The bears really enjoy the timber playground, where they climb and balance like ballerinas.
Aurora likes to stay on shore a little more, and Anana likes to swim.
|Aurora shelters in the Greenland cave during a rainstorm.|
Visitors to the Columbus Zoo are lucky too, with the opportunity to watch these polar bear girls as they swim and play in their award-winning home.