September 20, 2018
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Seneca Park Zoo officials announced Wednesday the return of female polar bear Anoki to Seneca Park Zoo. Anoki was born at the Zoo to parents Aurora and Yukon in 1996.
Anoki left Seneca Park Zoo in 1998 to go to Albuquerque Biological Park. In 2008, she moved to the Maryland Zoo where she quickly became a guest favorite. Seneca Park Zoo has been home to polar bears for over 55 years. The Zoo has been without a polar bear since April, when Aurora died of natural age-related causes. The return of Anoki was determined through discussions with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which manages populations of animals in conservation care.
Check out the local news coverage below!
WHAM: Polar bear ‘Anoki’ returns to Seneca Park Zoo
WROC: Polar bear Anoki returns home to Seneca Park Zoo
WXXI: Polar bear ‘Anoki’ to make a return to Rochester
Democrat & Chronicle: A polar bear born at Seneca Park Zoo in 1996 is coming back
Rochester Business Journal: Polar bear native returns to Seneca Park Zoo
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