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Pittsburgh Zoo - Polar Bear Exhibit

July 2008.

Pittsburgh Zoo - Polar Bear Exhibit
snowleopard, 24 Aug 2008
    • snowleopard
      This is not all of the exhibit, and it is larger than it appears, but still the Pittsburgh Zoo has opened a fairly new polar bear habitat that simply has far to many fake rocks and is ultimately disappointing. Many millions of dollars were spent on mock-rock, and there is very little natural substrate in the enclosure.
    • PAT
      And they couldn't even hide the crossviews of visitors on the other side of the exhibit. I think that seeing people on the other side of an exhibit spoils it for everybody.
    • zooman
      A very good point Pat.

      Also when the zoo has a night function on this exhibit has overhead lighting. The polar bears are then on exhibit at night. With allot of enrichment l am sure.

      I dont agree with this 100%. l wonder how the polar bear feels about haveing its routine abruptly changed?
    • Ituri
      I would guess enriched... :) I mean that's the point of enrichment, to make an animals day interesting and not exactly the same as yesterday. I would contend that it could probably really upset an animal like a giraffe, but it seems different to me for a polar bear.
    • PAT
      Isn't at day time for sixth months or something like that in the arctic? I don't think polar bears would mind.
    • zooman
      Very good point Pat
    • Fuzzball
      Looks like a polar bear exhibit from the times, zoodirectors thought, all bears come from the high mountains.....Hard to belive, it was build just a few years ago...
    • Animal
      For the new enclosure at Hamburg the director went to see wild polarbears in their habitat and they were climbing a lot, so some more climbingstruktures were added to the plans for the new exhibit.
    • blospz
      I believe I've mentioned it somewhere here, but I feel this exhibit is a modern version of the old bear grottoes. All sloped with different levels of rocks for bears to climb. However, I do like their underwater tunnel.
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