polar bear cubs

Blizzard + Star

Blizzard (male) and Star (female) were transferred to the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre in September 2014 when they were approximately one year old. The siblings were spotted by helicopter along the Hudson Bay coastline, not far from a well-known denning area. Despite an extensive search, efforts to find the cubs’ mother were unsuccessful. Without her protection and the necessary survival skills, the cubs had no chance of survival. Name suggestions for each cub were provided by schools from the area where they were found (Gillam School, George Saunders Memorial School, and Fox Lake School). The winning names were selected through an online Facebook poll. Blizzard, Star and Humphrey moved into the Journey to Churchill in the fall of 2015.


Polar Bears - Kaska

Kaska

Kaska was the second polar bear cub to be transferred to the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre. Like Aurora, Kaska was orphaned when she was just one year old and unable to survive in the wild on her own. She was transferred to the Zoo in November 2013 and joined Hudson, Storm and Aurora at the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre before moving into the Zoo’s Journey to Churchill exhibit in July 2014. She is named after the Kaskatamagan Wildlife Management Area, which lies within the traditional territory of Shamattawa First Nation, and within the York Factory First Nation Resource Management Area.


Polar Bears - Storm

Storm

Storm was identified by Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship as a candidate for transfer to the Zoo from Churchill in October 2013 when he was approximately three years old. He was the first polar bear born in the wild to be transferred to the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre. Storm, the “country bear” taught Hudson “the city bear” how to be a bear and was a great mediator in future bear introductions. Storm received his name after a school-wide naming contest was held at Duke of Marlborough School in Churchill. He moved into the Zoo’s Journey to Churchill exhibit in July 2014.


polar bear

Aurora

Aurora was the first orphaned polar bear cub to be transferred from northern Manitoba to the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre. She was found wandering near the Churchill airport in the fall of 2013. Despite an extensive search, her mother was not found. As Aurora was only a year old at the time, she would not have survived on her own. Her name was chosen after a school-wide naming contest was held at Duke of Marlborough School in Churchill. She moved into the Journey to Churchill exhibit in July 2014.