The San Diego Zoo transformed into a winter wonderland! Nearly 26 tons of glistening white snow blanketed the polar bear exhibit. The three bears, Kalluk, Tatqiq and Chinook, showed their excitement by frolicking in the snow. They rolled around in the fresh powder and wrestled with each other all morning long. Animal care staff also scattered yams, carrots, melons and beef femur bones throughout the exhibit as added enrichment, and watched as the bears pounced and dug for their prizes.
This surprise snowy enrichment was made possible by donors who contributed to the animal care wish list on the San Diego Zoo website . Enrichment is very important for the bears, as it stimulates them, keeps them active and promotes natural behaviors.
“This was a special day for the polar bears, and I could tell they really loved it,” said Susan Purtell, senior keeper, San Diego Zoo. “It was great seeing them roll around in the snow, showcasing their natural behaviors.”