Anana the polar bear to leave Buffalo Zoo

(Photo courtesy of The Buffalo Zoo)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — As part of a breeding recommendation, one of the Buffalo Zoo’s polar bears will be saying goodbye.

Anana, who is the mother of another well-known bear, Luna, will be leaving the zoo after living in Buffalo since 2002.

(Photo courtesy of The Buffalo Zoo)
(Photo courtesy of The Buffalo Zoo)

“With a declining population, Anana’s genes are vital to polar bear survival,” Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Dr. Donna Fernandes said. “Anana is one of a small set of females in North America that has given birth in the past five years while in human care, and we are thrilled to participate in every effort related to conservation of this vulnerable species.”

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates that only 26,000 polar bears remain in the wild.

Anana will be remembered for her “sassy nature” and “love of big blue barrels,” the zoo says.

The Buffalo Zoo is inviting visitors to come say goodbye to Anana before she heads out to her new home, which has not been revealed to the public. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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