Henry Vilas Zoo welcomed Borealis

Dec 13th, 2020 | By | Category: Zoos in USA

13.12.2020 – Source: Henry Vilas Zoo

Welcome Borealis! We were thrilled to welcome our newest resident, a 600-pound male polar bear who arrived to us from the Toledo Zoo in the mid November!

Borealis, or Bo for short, celebrated his second birthday on the 9th of December. Knuti’s Weekly sends you belated birthday wishes. Be happy in your new home.


Two is about the time he would be leaving his mother in the wild and Bo was brought to Henry Vilas Zoo on the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, which manages the population of polar bears in AZA zoos.


Bo is currently exploring his new space in our award winning Arctic Passage exhibit while our female polar bear, Berit, is asleep in her winter den. Once Berit wakes up, she will join Bo out on exhibit.



I wish you already a Merry Christmas!


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  1. Dear Mervi
    Thank you for this great story. I hope Bo and Berit will really get along together. He looks a fine young bear.

  2. Thanks for the update on Bo. It is such a wonderful habitat, lots of room and grassy hills, and a huge pool. Berit will be happy to have a new companion to play with when she wakes up. I visited her when Suka was there, Bo’s sister, and the two of them just played and swam and played some more. Bo will like rolling down the hills in the snow.


  3. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the update about Bo who became a handsome young polar bear.
    Obviously he moved to a good new home.
    Hopefully he will make friends with Berit when she is awake in spring.
    I wih both bears a lot of fun together and all the best!


  4. Ein schönes Bärchen. 🙂
    Viel Glück im neuen Zoo !

  5. I wish Bo all the best in his new home!!

    Thank you , dear Mervi, for this information.


  6. Thank you very much dear Mervi.
    Happy birthday Bo. We love you.
    Best wishes to Bo and Berit.