Polar Bear Stroll by Helene Hoffman
Yorkshire Wildlife Park in England will soon be welcoming their first polar bear.
Victor, a 15-year-old male polar bear at Rhenen Zoo in Holland will be the first to arrive at the park’s brand new polar bear reserve. The polar bear reserve joins some of the biggest in the world, with four different sections spanning 10 acres and will feature waterfalls, pools, landscaped hills, rocky areas and up to 8m deep lakes among many other natural features. Victor has been selected to join the park’s collection as he is no longer required for the breeding programme at Rhenen Zoo. He is due to arrive at the Park next month in a specialist climate controlled transporter and will be given time to settle in and will spend time getting to know his keepers. Once staff are confidient he has settled in, the polar bear centre, called Project Polar, will be opened to the public. Read more
(Photo via YWP)
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, Arturo cannot be relocated to Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada, where online petitions have requested him to be moved to, because Mendoza Zoo does not have the required health records for Arturo. Even if Arturo could be transferred elsewhere, transporting him would require sedation and given his age and current health condition as well as the lack of information regarding his health records the transfer may be too risky.
Transferring Arturo is out altogether now as recent news has revealed that Mendoza Zoo has made the discussion to reject moving Arturo. Hope is now for Mendoza Zoo to begin focusing on developing ways to improve his health and living conditions.
Mendoza Zoo have made the decision to reject moving Arturo so I’m afriad even if Central Park Zoo, or any other zoo offered to take him, he’s not going anywhere else soon.
Arturo the polar bear
I have received a lot of messages and have seen numerous of posts with petition links regarding Arturo the polar bear in Argentina. The thing is, this petition that most people have linked asks for Arturo to be moved from his current home in Mendoza Zoo to Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada. However, this transfer is not possible due to the strict laws set in place by the Canadian Government. For a permit to be issued to allow Arturo to be imported in to Canada, he must have at least three years of medical records of which Mendoza Zoo does not have, or so they say. Know that I’m not saying you shouldn’t sign this petition but it is not going to address the issue of him not being allowed into Canada.
And so this is why another petition has been created and it asks for the Canadian Government to issue a ‘special’ import permit for Arturo. I would recommend highlighting this petition also but the thing you have to remember is that Canada very often respects its own laws and regulations, unlike certain other countries who I shan’t name – but you can probably guess! And I’m not saying there’s no point in signing this petition because who knows, the pressure from signatures from national and international people could lead to a permit being issued.
Just please remember to link both petitions!
And if you know of any updates on this please do let me know.