Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Newest Polar Bears Now Have Names

Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Newest Polar Bears Now Have Names

Siku - Polar Bear
Siku is the name of the zoo’s newest male polar bear. (APC / HANDOUT)
Nanuq - Polar Bear
Nanuq is the name of the zoo’s newest female polar bear. (APC / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Two orphaned polar bears who were brought to Assiniboine Park Zoo from Churchill late last year now have names.

After nearly 4,000 online votes were cast, the zoo has named the female cub Nanuq (the Inuit word for polar bear) and Siku (the Inuit word for ice) for the male.

An official name unveiling was planned for Thursday morning, but blowing snow and intense winds forced the zoo to close.

The two cubs are now on exhibit at the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre in Assiniboine Park Zoo.

“With warmer temperatures in this weekend’s forecast, we encourage everyone to come out and visit the cubs,” said Laura Curtis, manager of marketing and communications at Assiniboine Park Conservancy.


Pssst, while you're here... is Winnipeg's only independent digital news outlet, producing reliable journalism and localized content since 2007. As we grow as a company, so do our expenses into creating the news, sports and entertainment coverage you've come to expect from us. We ask that if you enjoyed reading this article that you consider making a small donation towards our efforts. It would be greatly appreciated in helping us reinvest to expand our reach and hire additional freelance reporters and photographers. Thank you!

Support ?

Sports Highlights