Lyutyik and Cranbeary are together

Feb 16th, 2019 | By | Category: Alaska

16.2.2019 – Source: The Alaska Zoo, Photos by John Gomes, Videos by John Gomes and Pat Lampi We are pleased to inform you that our polar bears Lyutyik and Cranbeary were successfully introduced to each other in their habitat this morning, January 31st, at 9am before the zoo opened. Cranbeary Lyutyik The introduction went well […]

Birthday party for polar bears in the Alaska Zoo

Jan 21st, 2019 | By | Category: Alaska

21.1.2019 – Photos by John Gomes Every year the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage arranged a birthday party for their polar bears. The excitement was building for this event happening on the 19th of January! The keepers are overdoing themselves with the preparations for the big day. The cake was made of ice blocks filled with yammy […]

Cranbeary in the Alaska Zoo loves her trash can

Dec 13th, 2018 | By | Category: Alaska

13.12.2018 – Source: The Alaska Zoo, Photos and video by John Gomes
Cranbeary Update: We are pleased to see Cranbeary adjusting so well to her new Alaska Zoo home!

Alaska Zoo welcomed “Cranbeary” – the new female polar bear

Nov 5th, 2018 | By | Category: Alaska

5.11.2018 – Photos and the video by John Gomes, Text by the Alaska Zoo At the recommendation of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, the Alaska Zoo has welcomed a new polar bear from the Denver Zoo in October. The Alaska Zoo will care for Cranbeary, a 16-year-old female, with the goal of […]

Celebration of Lyutyik’s birthday and the life of Ahpun in Alaska

Jan 21st, 2018 | By | Category: Alaska

21.1.2018 – Source: The Alaska Zoo, Photos by John Gomes Our beloved polar bear, Ahpun passed away on the 31st of December 2017. Zoo staff had the privilege of taking care of her since her arrival as a cub in 1998. Patrick Lampi with Ahpun We have amazing memories of her growing up at the […]

An orphan black bear cub rescued in Alaska

Jun 7th, 2017 | By | Category: Alaska

7.6.2017 – Source: The Alaska Zoo, Photos by John Gomes, Text by Pat Lampi
The black bear cub arrived at the Alaska Zoo on May 18th and is now approximately 6 months old. They are usually born in December or January while the mother is in her semi-hibernation.

Polar bear birthdays in Alaska

Jan 27th, 2017 | By | Category: Alaska

27.1.2017 – Source: The Alaska Zoo, Photos by John Gomes Even though it may not be the actual birthdays of our zoo bears, we celebrated this time of year when female polar bears are giving birth to cubs in dens. On the 19th of January Ahpun and Lyutyik received enrichment provided by staff and volunteers, then […]

Fishy enrichment for Ahpun and Lyutyik

Oct 13th, 2016 | By | Category: Alaska

13.10.2016 – Photos by John Gomes, the Alaska Zoo
An October day brought a great surprise for our friends Ahpun and Lyituik in the Alaska Zoo. As part of their enrichment they were offered a chance to catch salmons in their ‘lake’!

Ms President Ahpun’s free swim day

Apr 14th, 2016 | By | Category: Alaska

14.4.2016 – Photos by John Gomes, Alaska Zoo I guess you all remember me but let me introduce myself anyway. I’m Ahpun – the president of the Alaska Zoo. After a tough campaign a couple of years ago I was elected to rule over the animals in our zoo and – I want to add –  over […]

Ahpun’s and Lyutyik’s birthday

Jan 26th, 2016 | By | Category: Alaska

26.1.2016 – Source: The Alaska Zoo, Video by John Gomes, photos are screen shots from the video Due to the lack of snow in Anchorage this year our husbandry staff elected to make various frozen treats for our bears. Ahpun’s and Lyutyik’s birthdays were celebrated  on the 16th of January. When the bears came out […]