Polar Bear

(Ursus maritimus)

Mammals | Arctic Circle

Animal Info

Seneca Park Zoo is home to one female polar bear, Aurora. She was born in 1989 and has resided at the Zoo since 1991. She and her former mate Yukon (who died in 2008) had four cubs together. Aurora is very intelligent and loves to play in the water with ice blocks and new enrichment items the keepers give her.

Status in the Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Vulnerable. The IUCN lists global warming as the most significant threat to the polar bear, as melting of its sea ice habitat reduces its ability to find sufficient food.  Seneca Park Zoo is part of the Species Survival Plan for the polar bear.


Found on sea coasts, islands, ice floes and in open water in Arctic regions including the U.S., Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia.


The polar bear eats ringed and bearded seals, whale carcasses, caribou, rodents, sea birds, fish, eggs, berries, and unfortunately, human garbage.

Did you know?

A male polar bear can be up to 11-feet-tall and weigh up to 1,400 pounds. The females weigh between 660 to 770 pounds.

Hairs on a polar bear reflect light, giving polar bears a white coloration. But, the truth is, a polar bear’s hair is translucent.

The large paws on a polar bear act as snowshoes, spreading out the polar bear’s weight and adding extra gripping ability.\

A polar bear has blubber up to 4-inches thick.

A new born polar bear cub weighs about 1 pound.


If you don’t see her when you visit the Barbara Bonin Bear Habitat, Aurora is usually enjoying herself behind the scenes! Check out the video below of her playing in the snow.

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