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Polar Bears Arrive to Peak Wildlife Park

Peak Wildlife Park are thrilled to finally announce…

… the arrival of three polar bears from Orsa Rovdjurspark (Orsa Predator Park) in Sweden. The park has extended its warmest welcome to a mother and her two young cubs, who will find their new home in a specially designed 5-acre habitat. This relocation comes as a result of the closure of Orsa and the need to find a suitable rehoming solution for these incredible animals.  The cubs, Nanook and Noori, were born at Orsa in November 2021 and their mother, Hope, was born in Antibes, France in 2014.

The polar bear relocation has been a collaborative effort between the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria’s (EAZA) European Ex-situ Programme (EEP) for polar bears, Orsa and Peak Wildlife Park, with a shared goal of ensuring the well-being and conservation of this iconic Arctic species.

They have spared no effort in constructing a large state-of-the-art home that provides the bears with the quality space that they need which will be coupled with a dynamic enrichment and husbandry programme aimed at ensuring the highest welfare standards.

“We are delighted to be welcoming these magnificent polar bears to Peak Wildlife Park,” said James Butler, Park Director at Peak Wildlife Park. “Their arrival marks an important milestone in our commitment to conservation and education. We have created an enclosure that prioritises their welfare while offering visitors a unique opportunity to learn about and appreciate these incredible animals.”

The bears’ new habitat boasts a sprawling 5 acres, complete with deep ponds, rugged terrain, and ample space for the bears to roam and engage in a range of natural behaviours. Peak Wildlife Park has tried to ensure that the bears’ new home is compatible with their former enclosure at Orsa, hopefully ensuring as seamless a transition for the bears as possible.

“Our team has invested countless hours into creating a habitat that gives the bears the space and opportunity to express as wide a range of their behavioural repertoire as possible,” said Yasmin Walker, Head Zookeeper at Peak Wildlife Park. “We have worked closely with experts in polar bear care and behaviour to ensure the exhibit meets the highest standards of welfare. We are confident that this new home will provide a stimulating and enriching environment for the bears.”

The polar bears have arrived at the park, but are not due to go on show to the public until August of this year. Visitors can look forward to observing these awe-inspiring creatures in their new surroundings and learning more about the conservation efforts dedicated to their preservation.

They invite individuals and families to witness this exciting chapter in their conservation journey and to join them in celebrating the presence of these incredible polar bears.

Show your love for Hope and her two cubs by buying them special treats and toys below!

Fancy spoiling Hope and her twins Nanook & Noori?

The recently arrived polar bears are adjusting to their new home, currently off-display as they comfortably settle in until August. During this important acclimation phase, your purchase of enrichment toys is much more than a simple transaction; it’s an essential contribution to shaping a stimulating and engaging environment for these magnificent creatures.

Polar bears are widely recognised for their intelligence and curiosity. The toys we’ve selected cater to these traits, offering problem-solving challenges and fostering exploration. These enrichment items are crucial in maintaining the mental stimulation and active engagement of their new polar bear residents, key to their emotional well-being and overall health.

Moreover, these toys encourage much-needed physical activity. Polar bears are naturally active, often engaging in behaviours such as hunting and foraging in their native Arctic habitats. Our toys are designed to stimulate these behaviours, promoting exercise that is vital for their physical well-being.

By purchasing these toys, you are supporting our commitment to provide a specially designed environment to these three bears. This support helps their polar bears in their transition and preparation for their public debut, while also contributing to their essential conservation efforts.

Every toy you purchase for their recently arrived polar bears is more than just a gift. It’s a source of joy, a means of enrichment, and a vital tool for their comfortable acclimation. Join us today in positively impacting the lives of our new and beloved residents, one toy at a time.

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