2 female polar bears from Columbus Zoo moved to Maryland Zoo

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced that young female polar bears, Amelia Gray and Neva, left the zoo Tuesday and arrived at their new home at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

The Association of Zoo and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan recommended the move for both polar bears and Neva’s twin brother Nuniq, who moved to the Henry Vilas Zoo in Wisconsin last month.

“While these young polar bears will be greatly missed by the Zoo’s dedicated animal care team and the Central Ohio community, we realize the importance of our commitment to ensuring that this threatened species will be around for generations to come,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Tom Stalf. “We are proud of the success of the Columbus Zoo’s polar bear breeding program, and we look forward to continue contributing to the knowledge of this incredible species with our guests and within our zoological community so collectively we can make a positive difference for polar bears’ future.”

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Moving the young polar bears to other accredited facilities allows for the opportunity for the Columbus Zoo to welcome Lee, a male polar bear from Denver, who will be introduced to Anana and Aurora for potential breeding.

The dates when Nuniq, Neva, and Amelia Gray will make their first public appearance at their new homes have not yet been determined.

“It’s always bittersweet for our team whenever we need to bid farewell to animals in our care as they reach new life phases. We’ve marveled at just how amazing Anana and Aurora have been as mothers, and we’ve been there every step of the way as Amelia Gray, Neva, and Nuniq have grown from tiny cubs to inquisitive, independent young bears. Though we will miss them very much, we are incredibly proud of the hope they represent for the future of their species,” said Carrie Pratt, curator of the Zoo’s North America region.

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