Aiming for future breeding, a male polar bear moves to Kagoshima City Hirakawa Zoological Park
Male polar bears living in Adventure World (Shirahama Town, Wakayama Prefecture) are being donated to Hirakawa Zoological Park (Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture) through a breeding loan system* based on the polar bear management plan of the Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums Biodiversity Committee. I was lucky to move to.
Currently, the number of polar bears in captivity in Japan is declining due to the aging of the population.
For the purpose of maintaining the species and genetic diversity of polar bears, we will move one male to Hirakawa Zoological Park where we aim to breed in the future. Due to the move, the breeding and exhibition of polar bears at this park will be suspended.
*Bleeding loan system
This is a system in which animals are lent and borrowed between zoos and aquariums for the purpose of breeding in order to preserve rare animal species.
[About moving polar bears]
Number/Gender: 1/Male (nickname: Light)
Date of birth: November 21, 2013 (born in Adventure World)
Age: 9 years old
Destination: Hirakawa Zoological Park (Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture) Move date: March 8, 2023 (Wednesday)
* Scheduled to be open to the public at the Kaijukan until March 6, 2023 (Monday).
On the final day of the exhibition, we are planning to present ice and other gifts as a token of our gratitude for the many smiles we have received. Details will be announced as soon as they are decided. *The exhibition may be canceled due to the physical condition of the animals. *For the safe movement of animals, please refrain from reporting on the day of the move. Images will be made available to members of the press.
[Adventure World Polar Bear Breeding]
February 1993 Started breeding 1 year old male and 1 year old female February 2000 2 babies born (died immediately after birth, died 3 months after birth)
October 2000 2 births (died immediately after birth)
January 2002 2 births (died immediately after birth)
March 2005 Birth of 2 piglets (died 2 days after birth, 2 weeks after birth) October 2009 Birth of one (died at age 4)
November 2013 Birth of 1 *Male moving to Hirakawa Zoological Park March 2014 A 22-year-old male passed away
March 2015 One male (Gogo) visits the zoo under the breeding loan system from Tennoji Zoo
* Returning to Tennoji Zoo in December 2018
February 2021 A 29-year-old female dies.The number of breeding animals becomes one male.
March 2023 Breeding suspended due to move to Hirakawa Zoological Park [About polar bears]
■ Classification: Carnivora Bear family
■ Scientific name: Ursus maritimus
■ English name: Polar Bear
■ Habitat: Arctic
■Food habits: In Adventure World, horse meat, Atka mackerel, Chinese cabbage, etc. are given.
■ Breeding: The breeding season is from March to June, and 1 to 4 offspring are born from November to January of the following year. ■ Lifespan: 20 to 25 years
■Characteristics: They are the only marine bears. Compared to other bears, they have a long and slender body, suitable for swimming. Although it is covered with white fur, it has a dark skin, so it efficiently absorbs heat from the sun and helps maintain body temperature. Body length 1.8m-2.5m Weight: 200-600kg
[Adventure World “SDGs Declaration / Park Policy”]
Adventure World is a “Smile in the Heart Future Creation Park” where smiles (happiness) come to all life.
The park will embody the image of a future earth full of abundance. Through the “small earth” of the park, everyone involved
So that our lives are enriched, so that the lives of animals are continuously connected, so that nature and resources circulate and regenerate,
We will continue to create future Smiles.
SDGs are “Sustainable Development Goals”. It consists of 17 goals and 169 targets to solve social problems and create a bright future for the world by 2030. These are the international goals that were unanimously adopted by 193 member states at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in September 2015.
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