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Zoo Polar Bear pop­u­la­tion needs boost

pub­lished 22 Decem­ber 2010 | mod­i­fied 23 Decem­ber 2011

Last year the breed­ing of polar bears was not suc­cess­ful in any Euro­pean zoo. To sus­tain the polar bear pop­u­la­tion in cap­tiv­ity new cubs are needed. In Rot­ter­dam Zoo they did the utmost to breed with their female polar bear Tania, which is born and raised in Rot­ter­dam. They built a new enclo­sure accord­ing to all mod­ern stan­dards, and they looked for a good part­ner for Tania. Although, mat­ing was no prob­lem, there was no repro­duc­tive results to cel­e­brate, unfor­tu­nately. As Tania is get­ting older, her con­tri­bu­tion to the increase of the polar bear pop­u­la­tion is doubtful.

There­fore it was decided, together with the com­mit­tee of the Euro­pean Endan­gered species Pro­gramme on polar bears, that an exchange with Vienna Zoo’s female Olinka is the best option. Olinka does not have a male part­ner right now and she did breed suc­cess­fully with Eric, Rotterdam’s male, some years ago. The exchange of the female polar bears will take place in March 2010, just before the mat­ing sea­son starts. Hope­fully, this will bring good news for the polar bear pop­u­la­tion (in cap­tiv­ity) next year. Tania, from Rot­ter­dam, will be housed in Vienna Zoo tem­porar­ily and then be allowed new breed­ing changes in Munich. (Source: web­site Rot­ter­dam Zoo, news)

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