Yesterday afternoon, a new male polar bear was welcomed into the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium family.
Lee, 18, comes to us from Denver as a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.
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Following a mandatory quarantine period, Lee will be introduced to 11yo twin sisters, Aurora and Anana.
It is hoped that they will breed in the future and produce offspring to bring new life into this world and strengthen the species’ numbers.
“Lee is an extremely important ambassador for his threatened species, and we are proud to be a part of efforts to help sustain the polar bear population, raise public awareness, and support polar bear research in the Arctic,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Tom Stalf. “Together with our Central Ohio community and conservation partners, our Columbus Zoo and Aquarium team remains committed to making a positive difference for wildlife and wild places throughout the world.”