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Assiniboine Park Zoo Needs Help Naming Orphaned Polar Bear Cubs

January 23, 2018 10:38 AM | News

Female Polar Bear

An orphaned female polar bear cub in need of a name at Assiniboine Park Zoo. (APC / HANDOUT)

Male Polar Bear

An online vote will decide the name for both the female and male cub (shown) at Assiniboine Park Zoo. (APC / HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Two orphaned polar bear cubs at Assiniboine Park Zoo are in need of a couple names.

The cubs — one male and one female — arrived in separate circumstances at the zoo in December. Since then, they have been housed in the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.

“Our visitors and the community at large form strong attachments to the polar bears in our care, so we are happy to give them the opportunity to help choose names for these young cubs,” said Laura Cabak, marketing and communications specialist, Assiniboine Park Conservancy.


“It’s a great way to engage the community in learning about our polar bears and how they can help protect and conserve this iconic species.”

Two names each have been chosen for the bears, which the public can vote on through the zoo’s website until Thursday, January 25 at 4 p.m.

Female cub options:

  • Willow
  • Tundra

Male cub options:

  • Arctic
  • Baffin

The results will be announced Friday when the bears make their public debut at 11 a.m.