WINNIPEG — Two orphaned male polar bear cubs, who arrived at the Assiniboine Park Zoo at the end of October, now have names.
York and Eli received the highest number of votes based on a donate to vote campaign, which raised $18,000 for the zoo. A total of 579 votes were cast in December as part of the efforts.
“We’re absolutely thrilled with the results of this campaign and the names that have been selected for the cubs,” said Gary Lunsford, head of zoological operations at Assiniboine Park Zoo.
“It’s wonderful that so many people from the community were involved in selecting their names and made donations that support our ongoing polar bear rescue and conservation efforts.”
York refers to the York Factory First Nation which has traditional lands that include important polar bear denning habitats and Eli is in honour of an Elder from the York Factory First Nation that lived and hunted in the area between the Nelson and Hayes Rivers.
York and Eli are currently living in the polar bear habitat at the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.