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Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Newest Polar Bears Now Have Names

January 12, 2017 12:03 PM | News


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.


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