Nora the polar bear cub will soon be going to the Oregon Zoo per a recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan (SSP). There she will be introduced to another female polar bear, Tasul. The last day she was on view at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was Labor Day, Sept. 5. Our staff, volunteers and fans will miss her, but we know she will continue inspiring visitors to learn about polar bears. Thank you for following Nora’s journey and we look forward to her continued growth at her new home.
The SSP approved the move so that the Columbus Zoo could provide the best environment for future cubs to be born. Would-be mothers require calm and quiet, which would not have been possible with the scheduled habitat sharing that occurred with Nora. The timing of Nora’s departure is critical for the success of possible cubs, as keepers have observed Aurora and Anana breeding with Nanuq. If they become pregnant, the female bears could enter their dens in October and could give birth as early as November.