Alaska polar bear sent to New York zoo

Posted: Monday, February 16, 2009

MADISON, Wis. - A popular polar bear from Alaska is being sent from a Madison zoo to one in Buffalo, N.Y., to mate.

Henry Vilas Zoo officials hope their male polar bear, Nanuq, will find love - or at least affection - at the Buffalo Zoological Gardens. Nanuq is being sent as part of a captive breeding program for the endangered species.

The program is run by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Polar Bear Species Survival Plan.

Twenty-two-year-old Nanuq and his twin, Norton, were rescued by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife after they were orphaned near Wales on Alaska's Seward Peninsula.

The Oscar Meyer Co. donated the use of an aircraft to bring the cubs to Henry Vilas Zoo in 1988. Nanuq is expected to depart later this month.

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