The Buffalo Zoo has announced the next phase of fundraising for the new polar bear exhibit, and introduced a polar bear cub to the public.
The Buffalo Zoo has spent the past two years raising more than $14 million of the $18 million needed to build a new entrance and polar bear exhibit. They are now asking residents of Western New York and the surrounding community to help raise the remaining $4 million required to build the "Arctic Edge" exhibit and keep polar bears in Buffalo.
The zoo also introduced a polar bear cub to the public for the first time. The Buffalo Zoo is one of only two zoos in North America to have polar bear births this year. The cub was born on Nov. 27 to mother Anana, sired by Nanuq, and has been hand raised by the zoo's veterinary technician and keeper staff.
Though the cub is currently too small to go on exhibit for the public, she will be visible on a closed-circuit television in the zoo's M&T Bank Rainforest Falls Monday through Friday from noon until 3 p.m. The zoo will also post regular updates to its website and Facebook page.
The zoo administration said it hopes that seeing the cub will encourage the Western New York community to make their polar pledge to the campaign, and keep the cub in Buffalo.
Those interested can make a polar pledge today by texting zoobear to 56512, or visit www.buffalozoo.org.
The Buffalo Zoo wishes to thank Synacom Networks Inc. for its assistance in making the video feed of the polar bear cub possible.
The Buffalo Zoo is located at 300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo.