The recent cold snap has inspired a lot of interest in Lincoln Park Zoo polar bear Anana. What else is there to know about one of the zoo’s top predators?
Anana, whose name means “beautiful” in Inuit, was born at Seneca Park Zoo in November 1999. She came to Lincoln Park Zoo in 2001, sharing the exhibit for some years with brother, Lee, who moved to Detroit Zoo in 2009 as part of a breeding recommendation. (The species is naturally solitary in the wild, so the shift to solo living wasn’t an issue for Anana.)
Our big bear tips the scales at more than 700 pounds, enjoying a hearty diet of polar bear chow, fish, meat, bones, veggies and fruits. Gnawing on a big bone in her exhibit is one of Anana’s favorite forms of enrichment, although she also takes frequent dives in her outdoor pool…generally when the weather is a bit warmer than this, though!
Thanks to Zoological Manager Laszlo Szilagyi for the photo.