|Bam Bam by her waterfall|
|Berlin in the Kansas City Zoo|
30 year old Bam Bam, who is officially named Fanny, will be moving from the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, the home she has known all her life, to the Kansas City Zoo, where she will eventually meet another older lady, Berlin, age 28. It will be a short journey as the two zoos are only a few hours apart.
|Bam Bam with celery and sweet potato|
Although they have never met, these ladies are related. Bam Bam's late brother Shep is the grandfather of Berlin, who was born in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1989.
I visited both Berlin and Bam Bam on back to back days in August. Both bears were active and playful, and received great attention from their keepers.
|Bam Bam with a melon. She loves melons, just like Berlin.|
|Bam Bam and her project. There is some dog kibble in there somewhere.|
|Sometimes there is honey or peanut butter smeared on the logs for Bam Bam.|
|Bam Bam is moving things around|
|View from overhead of Bam Bam and her wooden castle|
|Branches make an interesting afternoon diversion for Bam Bam|
|Berlin in the grass|
|Berlin with Buzz at the Como Zoo. Neil and Buzz are her younger uncles|
|Berlin has been known to plant and harvest melons in her enclosure.|
|Berlin is very playful since her "boyfriend" Nikita left|
|Berlin has found a fish|
|Berlin has lot of grassy areas in the Kansas City Zoo|
|The Kansas City Zoo is very roomy, and has grassy meadows|
and sand pits in which to roll around.
|Bam Bam in her home in Omaha. You could observe her from above, or take a long path down to see her face to face through the glass. She has had a nice home there, but no grass.|
|Celery for Bam Bam|
|Bam Bam is popular with visitors at the Henry Doorly Zoo|
|Bam Bam has found a melon|
|Bam Bam playing with her food|
It will be interesting to see how these to older lady bears react to each other. The Kansas City enclosure is very large, so there will be room for them to avoid each other. But maybe they will strike up a friendship. That would be nice. They do have a lot in common.
|Berlin with an underwater pear|
With the exit of Bam Bam, the long rich polar bear history of the Henry Doorly Zoo, with Olaf and Olga and their many children, will come to an end, at least temporarily. With only 44 polar bears in U.S. zoos, any facility is lucky to have one. And now Kansas City will have two.
|Kansas City, here I come, says Bam Bam|