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.
“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.