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Polar Bear Cub Watch
Old 14-01-2013

This thread may not be active, as we may be at the end of birthing season for polar bears, but maybe we can pick this up later in the year/early 2014. With polar bear coupling in U.S. Zoos, are there any still out where there is a chance for cubs? Here's a list of zoos that have polar bears that are not pregnant this season:

San Diego Zoo: The female polar bear insisted on the 1st that she was not pregnant and she wanted to socialize with the other polar bears.
Seneca Park Zoo: Aurora's window has been closed and she's back on exhibit with Zero.
Buffalo Zoo: Anana has been on exhibit recently and has now moved to Brookfield Zoo to start over again.
Columbus Zoo: Not possible since Nanuq just arrived in the fall.
Cleveland, Lincoln Park, Central Park, Bronx, Henry Doorly, Indianapolis & Erie Zoo: Lone polar bears, not possible.
Brookfield Zoo: Aussie and/or Hudson did not have a mate yet.
Louisville Zoo: Senior polar bear and cubs (not possible).
Kansas City: Nikita did not have a mate yet.
Pittsburgh Zoo: Two polar bears did not come together until after breeding season (or am I incorrect?)
Philadelphia Zoo & San Francisco: Two females at each zoo.
Maryland Zoo: Unsuccessful breeding among Magnet and Anoki.
St. Como Zoo: Neutered males.

Wow, writing out that list it looks like it would be easier to do the possibilities as the main list. It doesn't look like there are a lot of polar bear pairings, but with some switches this year, hopefully that will change.

Still Possible:
Alaska Zoo
Cincinnati/Hogle Zoo: Rizzo did mate with the male a few times before she left for the Hogle Zoo.
Denver Zoo
Memphis Zoo
Oregon Zoo: Or are they siblings?
Point Defiance Zoo
Toledo Zoo

Let us know if any of the speculations are indeed false due to a valid reason. Thanks!

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Old 14-01-2013

Oregon Zoo's bears are all elderly, so they can't breed.
Bronx Zoo also has a single Polar Bear.
I believe Toledo Zoo had a cub recently?
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Old 14-01-2013

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Oregon Zoo's bears are all elderly, so they can't breed.
Bronx Zoo also has a single Polar Bear.
I believe Toledo Zoo had a cub recently?
Siku born in 09 at the Toledo Zoo now resides at the Louisville Zoo

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Siku born in 09 at the Toledo Zoo now resides at the Louisville Zoo

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Old 16-01-2013

Don't think Point Defiance is able to have polar bear cubs at this time, as all of their current polar bears are male.
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Old 16-01-2013

MeiLover, thanks for bringing that up. I just noticed that today and forgot to update it.
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Old 16-01-2013

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Maryland Zoo: Unsuccessful breeding among Magnet and Anoki.
By this, do you mean that Anoki simply didn't conceive/give birth, or did they bear (take that pun as you wish) a DNS/stillborn cub(s)?

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Old 16-01-2013

Oregon Zoo: The bears in the Oregon Zoo are brother and sister. The male, Conrad, is neutered.
Here is more information: Oregon Zoo in Portland | Eisbären im Zoo – Polar Bears in Zoos

Alaska Zoo: Ahpun gets the "pill" because they don't have a birthing den.

Possible the Detroit Zoo: Talini and Nuka
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Old 18-01-2013

Anoki never conceived. I do not think their mating sessions went well as the male, Magnet, was always a little too rough with her. Their keeper said during the summer that they did not mate well so I don't think they ever had a successful, completed round. However, I think I heard they were going to try to pair up the two this breeding season. I feel they may do it more often than before also with the passing of Alaska. Although polar bears are solitary animals, it sounded like the male enjoyed a companion.

Side Note: Before Alaska was too old to breed, her and Magnet did make a cub, however it was a stillborn. But at least it shows he's able to make cubs.
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Old 18-01-2013

UPDATED LIST:

San Diego Zoo: The female polar bear insisted on the 1st that she was not pregnant and she wanted to socialize with the other polar bears.
Seneca Park Zoo: Aurora's window has been closed and she's back on exhibit with Zero.
Buffalo Zoo: Anana has been on exhibit recently and has now moved to Brookfield Zoo to start over again.
Columbus Zoo: Not possible since Nanuq just arrived in the fall.
Cleveland, Lincoln Park, Central Park, Bronx, Henry Doorly, Indianapolis & Erie Zoo: Lone polar bears, not possible.
Brookfield Zoo: Aussie and/or Hudson did not have a mate yet.
Louisville Zoo: Senior polar bear and cubs (not possible).
Kansas City: Nikita did not have a mate yet.
Pittsburgh Zoo: Two polar bears did not come together until after breeding season (or am I incorrect?)
Philadelphia Zoo & San Francisco: Two females at each zoo.
Maryland Zoo: Unsuccessful breeding among Magnet and Anoki.
St. Como Zoo & Point Defiance Zoo: All males.
Oregon Zoo: Brother and sister.
Alaska Zoo: Female on birth control due to no den area.

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Detroit Zoo
Hogle Zoo: Rizzo did mate with the male a few times before she left for the Hogle Zoo.
Denver Zoo
Memphis Zoo
Toledo Zoo

Milwaukee County Zoo: Wally may be too old and I believe Snow Lilly never really warmed up to any males.
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Old 23-01-2013

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Old 02-03-2013

Add Buffalo Zoo as another zoo with a polar bear cub this winter season!
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Old 02-03-2013

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Old 02-03-2013

Is there any information about the Bears in the Rio Grand Zoo???
Would like to know if anyone new anything or even their sex??
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Old 02-03-2013

I believe they are both males.
 


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