8/8/2010 1:59:18 PM

Polar Bear Passage: Kansas City Zoo

A fabulous new "Polar Bear Passage" exhibit opened today at the Kansas City Zoo, part of the PBI Arctic Ambassador Center network of zoos. The new exhibit has a strong conservation message—and meets the rigorous Manitoba Standards for polar bear care and enrichment.

A young male polar bear, Nikita, named for a Russian polar bear scientist, calls the new digs home. Exhibit features include:

  • An enormous, chilled swimming pool
  • A rushing waterfall
  • A sand pit for digging
  • Rocky ledges for climbing
  • Climate-controlled off-exhibit areas that Nikita has access to at any time

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