Indianapolis Zoo closing 28-year-old polar bear exhibit

June 13, 2016

A 29-year-old polar bear from the Indianapolis Zoo is being moved to the Detroit Zoo.

The Indianapolis Zoo said in an email Monday that it's permanently closing its polar bear exhibit, which opened in 1988, and the bear named Tundra will be relocated.

The zoo said Tundra will move to the Detroit Zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak. The Detroit Zoo is home to two polar bears in its "Arctic Ring of Life," which includes grassy tundra area, a freshwater pool, an area designed to look like pack ice and a saltwater pool.

The "Arctic Ring of Life" also houses seals and arctic foxes. The Indianapolis Zoo said Tundra will be moved sometime after June 22.

"The zoo’s veterinary staff carefully reviewed all of the options and agree that the Detroit Zoo is the perfect facility for Tundra’s needs as a senior bear," the zoo said in an email to members. "The Detroit Zoo offers large spaces and pools with easy slopes for Tundra to enter and exit the water, especially as she gets older."


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