March 25. 2019
On Friday, March 22, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo & Seneca Park Zoo officials announced that the Zoo partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) to participate in the development of assisted reproductive technologies by artificially inseminating Anoki, the Zoo’s 22-year-old female polar bear.
Seneca Park Zoo has a history of working with CREW on polar bear reproduction. Aurora, the Zoo’s prior polar bear and Anoki’s mother (through natural conception) was the first polar bear ever to undergo an AI procedure in 2012. This is the third attempt of artificial insemination with Anoki. The first two procedures were conducted when Anoki lived at the Maryland Zoo. CREW has attempted artificial insemination on seven bears since 2012.
VideoPress ReleaseCheck out the local news coverage below.
WXXI: Seneca Park Zoo polar bear part of a conservation project
WHAM: New technology used to artificially inseminate Seneca Park Zoo polar bear
WHEC: Could a polar bear cub be coming to the Seneca Park Zoo?
WROC: Polar bear numbers in US zoos plunging
Democrat & Chronicle: Seneca Park Zoo’s polar bear, Anoki, artificially inseminated
Rochester Business Journal: Zoo tries to impregnate polar bear