Help support polar bear rescue team

Today is Giving Tuesday and Assiniboine Park Zoo is participating in the national campaign with the goal of raising $10,000 today in support of the Zoo’s Polar Bear Rescue Team.

Giving Tuesday falls on the first Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is a national movement to promote giving back to the community and volunteering. Considered the ‘opening of the giving season’, it’s a day where charities and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

“We’re very excited to be a part of Giving Tuesday this year,” said Shawna Bell, Manager, Partnerships & Community Engagement for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. “It’s a great opportunity for us to engage with the community and work together to save more polar bears in the future.”

Help us reach our $10,000 goal!

As of yesterday morning, the pair of orphaned polar bear cubs that arrived at the Assiniboine Park Zoo at the end of October are now on exhibit in their outdoor enclosure at the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre. The two cubs, which are both male and approximately one year old have adjusted well to their new home and are ready to meet the public! Visitors can view the cubs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Zoo.

“We’re very pleased with how the new cubs have adapted to life here at the Zoo. They’re happy, healthy and exploring their new surroundings,” said Janice Martin, Curator at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. “They’re certainly enjoying the recent snowfall, so it’s the perfect time of year to come and visit them.”

Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help name the Zoo’s newest polar bear cubs through a ‘donate to vote’ campaign. With a donation of any size to the Polar Bear Rescue team, donors can then vote for two of four names for the cubs. Donations can be made online, by calling 204-927-8080 or in person at the Pavilion or the main entrance of the Zoo. The two names that receive the most votes win.

The names are:

York – refers to the York Factory First Nation which has traditional lands that include important polar bear denning habitat.

Tatnam – comes from Cape Tatnam, a cape along the Hudson Bay coast and is a protected portion of Kaskatamagan Wildlife Management Area.

Eli – in honour of an Elder from the York Factory First Nation that lived and hunted in the area between the Nelson and Hayes Rivers that is part of YFFN traditional territory and polar bear denning habitat.

Aiken – refers to the river on which York Landing sits. York Landing is the settlement that the York Factory First Nation calls home.

The four names were selected in consultation with First Nations people and were chosen for their special significance to the York Factory First Nation whose traditional lands include important polar bear denning habitats in Manitoba.

Assiniboine Park Zoo will post updates throughout the day on the Park and Zoo Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. People are encouraged to use the hashtags #GivingTuesday #WinnipegGives and #AssiniboineParkZoo and share their experiences and stories about Assiniboine Park and Zoo.

About the Polar Bear Rescue Team

Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Polar Bear Rescue Team is a group of animal care professionals consisting of veterinary staff, animal husbandry experts and conservation scientists that are called to action by Manitoba Conservation & Water Stewardship when there are polar bear cubs in need of rescue. Learn more.