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Toledo Zoo's Polar Bear Cubs on Public View May 3Published: 05/03/2013
The Toledo Zoo’s twin polar bear cubs are ready to make their big splash – starting with new names! After nearly 3,000 entries in the Zoo’s naming contest, Suka (female cub) won by more than 400 votes; Sakari (male cub) won by more than 750 votes.
Suka and Sakari aren’t the only ones walking away from the contest with something new. From the winning entries, two random winners were drawn: Brenda Osbourne of Maumee, Ohio, and Evan Wilt of Maumee, Ohio. Each of them wins a one-year Zoo family membership, enrollment in the Zoo PAL animal adoption program and a big basket of “bear-tastic” gifts.
Suka and Sakari were born on November 21, 2012. They are two of just three cubs born in 2012 at North American zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and they are the only cubs in the country being raised by their mother.
Starting Friday, May 3, visitors will be able to see Suka and Sakari in the Zoo’s Arctic Encounter®. Pending the animals’ continued good progress, they are scheduled to be on exhibit daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., though they may be off exhibit periodically depending on their needs or weather conditions. Come see them while they’re still little!
The Zoo’s cubs have an important future as ambassadors for a species, protected under the Endangered Species Act, which faces grave threats in their native habitat. Human activities have a direct effect on polar bears, and their plight should encourage all of us to decrease our carbon footprint.
Photo Credit: Toledo Zoo/Andi Norman
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