Wuppertal 30th of April 2019

May 25th, 2019 | By | Category: Ralph's reports

25.5.2019 by Ralph Morton

My final day in Germany was spent with the two Polar Bears in Wuppertal Zoo. The Zoo opened at 0830, so I made sure to catch an early train from Dusseldorf and arrived at the Zoo’s railway station in plenty of time.


It is only a short walk to the Zoo and there is a sign to make sure you do not get lost.


I have visited to Zoo several times over the years and appreciate its wide range of animals and relaxed atmosphere, as on this sign in the Tapir house. However, my morning was to be spent with the Polar Bears as I was meeting an old friend in the afternoon before flying home.


The Zoo has indicated that because of the small size of its enclosure it will concentrate on its sealions and penguins, and find a good new home for its two Polar Bears. The enclosure does have the advantage that I was able to film the bears on my Knuphone. They were eating fish pieces when I arrived, with Luka in front and Anori in the background. As a male, Luka is quite a bit bigger than Anori.



Luka and Anori were very relaxed with each other. Their fur is very short like the Gelsenkirchen bears because of the mild climate in Wuppertal.



Luka was less relaxed than Anori and spent a lot of time pacing around the enclosure. However, he showed no signs of head swinging or snapping so was obviously in a good mood.



I was even able to interest Luka briefly in my carrier bag by holding it up for him to see. He came close enough for me to take some shots of him.


Although he did a lot of pacing backwards and forwards, Luka seemed quite content and in a good mood.


Polar Bears love boulders and Luka is no exception. He reminds me of the logo used on a brand of sweets in the UK.


Luka did spend a lot of time in the water, sometimes with his ball, but mainly doing the power swim that Wolodya was famous for doing in Berlin. I am sure that he would enjoy being in a larger enclosure in due course, but he seems as well as any of the male Polars I have met.



When they are not together it is hard to tell which bear is Anori and which is Luka. I think that most of these are Anori.


Here is Anori waiting before going into the Mother and Cub enclosure where she could relax.




The special Mother and Enclosure was Anori’s initial home and she obviously feels safe and comfortable here. She did take time out to look at my bag.




I always enjoy the information boards that Zoos use. The ones in Wuppertal have been there for some time, although the bottom one at the Mother and Cub enclosure is somewhat newer.


In this shot, Anori seems to be saying goodbye or wondering what is going to happen to her and Luka.

Although the concrete part of the enclosure is severely in need of replacement, the mother and cub enclosure and the pool could have formed the basis for a new enclosure. The tree lined hill behind the enclosure and the open space above could have been enclosed to provide the bears with some more interesting terrain. Oh well, all I can do is wish them well.

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  1. Wonderful how you saw and remembered immediately the resemblance with the UK brand logo when you saw LUKA standing on a stone looking like those huge globes one saw once animals of various kind balancing on in the circus.

    I like especially the last picture of ANORI peeking around the corner!

    Thank you , dear RALPH, for having given me the chance to be in ZOO WUPPERTAL at least in mind – after a long time. I loved this zoo very much the also several times I had been there (from the entrance until up to the highest point – completely out of breath and very thirsty usually!).

  2. Dear Ralph,

    A zoo can do a lot with informative and even funny signs! 🙂

    Anori and Luka look very beautiful in your photos and seem to get along just fine! When – and if – the time comes for them to leave this zoo I hope they will be staying together.

    Your bags seem to be very interesting for all the polar bears you visit. Luka was no exception. 🙂

    In the last photo it really looks Anori is saying ‘bye bye, hope to meet you soon again’. 🙂

    I’m still hoping there will be a solution that allows the zoo Wuppertal continue keeping polar bears.

    Thank you so much for this charming report!

    Hugs from Mervi

  3. Dear Ralph!
    Thank you for your entertaining and informative report and the nice photos from the polar bears in Wuppertal. You took a lot of pics of this lovable couple and they seem to do well.
    Your observation that both have such a short fur because of the mild Rhenish climate is interesting and plausible.

    All the more it is a pity the Wuppertal Zoo will not continue the keeping of polar bears since they are not able to raise enough money for a better enclosure. It would have been great if they could have kept Anori and Luka in their familiar surroundings.
    I feel sorry for them and I wonder where they will go.

    The signs and information boards in a zoo are always worth looking at twice and to take a picture.
    I liked the funny one with the tapir and his foggy glasses.


  4. Lieber Ralph,

    da ich schon öfter im Wuppertal war, weiß ich was für ein schöner Zoo das ist. Aber leider ist das Eisbärengehege wirklich klein und nicht schön. Die Pfleger haben immer alles getan, damit es den Bären gut geht. An Beschäftigungsmaterial hat es nicht gemangelt.

    Ich hoffe , dass wenn Anori und Luka wirklich in einen anderen Zoo müssen, dass sie zusammenbleiben können, denn sie scheinen sich ja noch immer sehr gut miteinander zu verstehen.

    Danke für Deine Bilder von den beiden Bären.

    Liebe Grüße

  5. Lieber Ralph,

    dies ist wahrscheinlich einer der letzten Berichte von dir mit Anori und Luka aus Wuppertal, bevor
    die beiden in einen anderen Zoo kommen.
    Deshalb vielen Dank für deinen detaillierten Bericht, wie wir ihn kennen und lieben.

    Herzliche Grüße

  6. Lieber Ralph

    Vielen Dank für Deinen wie immer informative und interessanten Bericht.

    Es wird ja schon lange gesagt, die Bären kommen weg.
    Man kann nur hoffen, die Zwei dürfen zusammen bleiben und ich frage mich, wohin sollen die Zwei gehen.

    Ich bin gespannt, wie es weitergeht.

    Viele Grüße

  7. Thank you very much dear Ralph.
    Best wishes to Luka and Anori.

  8. Lieber Ralph,
    seit Jahren wird jetzt schon ein neuer Zoo für Anori und Luka gesucht, das ist sehr schwierig und ich bin
    gespannt wohin die beiden kommen.
    Jungtiere sind niedlich aber wenn die Zoo´s keine Gehege mehr bauen dann sollte auch nicht gezüchtet
    werden. Aber jedes Tier sollte züchten dürfen!
    Das ist ein Konflikt den wir Fans nicht lösen können aber zum Nachdenken kommt man schon.
    Danke dir für deinen vielleicht letzten Bericht von Anori und Luka in Wuppertal.
    Liebe Grüße Moni K