Australian-born Polar Bear To Get New Home In Canada

The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat will get a new resident in October, when Henry, the second polar bear to be born in Australia, will make the move from his home at Sea World on Autralia’s Gold Coast.

The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat in Cochrane, Ontario is the world’s only captive bear facility dedicated to Polar bears. With exceptional animal care standards, educational programs, and research partnerships, it is an internationally respected centre.

According to Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat Manager Karen Cummings, Henry is a big, goofy and affable toddler. The son of Canadian polar bear Nelson and Australian mother Liya, Henry is two years old and weighs 700 lbs.

Seaworld representitives said in a satement:

“With his wild genetics from his Canadian born father, Nelson, and his mother Liya’s Russian genetic line not yet included in the Canadian population, Henry will play a vital role in the International Polar Bear breeding program and continue to be a wonderful ambassador for his species.”

The population of wild polar bears is estimated by the World Wildlife Fund at around 25,000. Breeding and conservation projects since the 1970’s have helped restore the global population. About 100 facilities in the world currently provide human care to over 300 polar bears.

After his arrival in Canada, Henry will be placed in quarantine for a period of 30 days, to be cared for and monitored in his enclosure and allow him time to acquaint himself with the facility as well as the country’s climate.