Nuniq, Neva, and Amelia Gray—the only polar bear cubs born at a North American zoological facility in 2016—are scheduled to move from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium this fall.
Females Amelia Gray and her half-sister, Neva, will both move to The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore in response to a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan®.
Moving dates have not been set yet but admirers are encouraged to pay them a visit before they leave for their new homes.
They will be introduced to their new animal care teams while still in Ohio, and their Columbus Zoo care team will also travel with them to help facilitate her transitions.
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The announcement of Neva’s twin brother Nuniq’s new home will be made soon.
Nuniq, Neva, and Amelia Gray will be celebrating their second birthday this November.
“Since the moment they were born, the polar bear care team has shared in so many incredible moments with Nuniq, Neva, and Amelia Gray. From seeing them emerge from their dens and swim for the first time under the watchful eye of their moms, to learning their distinct personalities and training them for voluntary blood draws so they are able to participate in their own health care, our team has remained committed to ensuring they receive the best possible care,” said Carrie Pratt, curator of the Zoo’s North America region. “With our strong devotion to Nuniq, Neva, and Amelia Gray, we are, of course, sad to see them leave, but we are also filled with a deep sense of pride, knowing that we are working to help protect their threatened species and that this is the next necessary step as they continue to grow into adult bears.”