All kinds of enrichment for the polar bear family in Novosibirsk

Oct 11th, 2020 | By | Category: Novosibirsk

11.9.2020 – Photos by Arkadij Laptenko

Gerda is a good mother and wants to teach Shauna and Nordi good manners. Keeping the fur clean is a part of the education. Just like human kids the young polar bears aren’t always so happy about the cleaning. 🙂


Luckily there’s snow so the ‘cleaning thing’ is actually quite fun!


After the morning toilette the breakfast is served.


Water is also a kind of enrichment ….


… and, naturally, a playful mama is the best possible ‘enrichment’!


Tender moments are needed as well.


Wow, this yellow ball is really king size but it’s no challenge for me!


Even smaller toys are very much appreciated.


Oh bear, where did that thingie go …..?


Not to worry, there are lots of toys floating in the water.


Come on, Sis! Jump in – we have a nice toy for both of us.


Floating elegantly


Of course, even papa Kai has many toys.


One of his favourites is the big red tube.


Hey, look what I’ve got!


I try to throw it ‘upstairs’ ….


…. and I made it! Thank you for the applause!


Balancing on the round ball is not so easy but Nordi is a master!


Let me present an IFB (Identified Flying Bear) to you!


A perfect landing


White matches blue so well – don’t you agree?




Unbreakable toys for polar bears? Allow me to laugh! There’s no such thing as an unbreakable toy!


Sometimes it’s nice only to float ….. Feeling free to play when I want and not to do anything if I feel like doing nothing – that’s enrichment, too!!!


We are quite happy polar bears because we have everything we need. Maybe our enclosure isn’t the best possible but our keepers always do their best to keep us happy.


Thank you for watching! We’ll be back soon!

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  1. Yes, that’s what I call a really happy family!!
    The 4 have lots of toys, are creative and enthusiastic players.
    But Nordi is also an excellent artist!

    Thank you for the many refreshing, wonderful, great and enchanting pictures of these friendly white giants, dear Arkadij and Mervi


  2. This time all the fantastic pics start with a ‘hot discussion’ .Brilliant shot!, as brilliant as all the following photographs are. Heartmelting the cuddling pics with all those wobderful paws to be seen!

    Mere fun and joy to watch and read the comments.

    Thank you very much, dear ARKADIJ Laptenko AND dear MERVI!

    – – – – –

    “HEY, look what I’ve got!” – picture and comment remind me a lot of one of my favourite shots
    of beautiful and lovable LARS! . . . This wonderful selfconfident grin!

  3. Liebe Mervi und lieber Arkadij,
    die Kinder werde zu schnell groĂź und ich hoffe dass Gerda sie noch lange duldet.
    Das sind ganz spektakuläre Bilder, da bin ich hin und weg!
    Herzlichen Dank, Mervi hat wieder perfekte Texte geschrieben zu diesen super Bildern.
    Liebe GrĂĽĂźe Moni K

  4. Dear Arkadij and Mervi
    These beautiful pictures show again that Polar Bears love toys and other Polar Bears. Play is so important for these lovely animals. Thank you Novosibirsk Zoo for this wonderful family.

  5. Thank you very much dear Mervi and Arkadij.
    Best wishes to Gerda, Kai, Shauna and Nordi.

  6. Dear Mervi and Arkadij!
    Thank you for these marvellous photos and well fitting subtitles!

    I loved them all: the cuddling and fighting of the bears, the water games, the bears playing with the yellow ball, the yellow thingies, the red tube and the big grey ball, simply all!
    Spectacular is the one where Nordi is balancing on the big ball, great shot!

    It is always a pleasure to see this wonderful polar bear family – if only on photos…


  7. Thank you for such adorable photos. Those cubs live in toyland!

    Gerda is a great mother, but it helps to have such diverting playthings to keep the kids entertained. I love the photo of the flying cub. And the balancing bear. I love all the photos.


  8. dear Arkadij,
    I am really very happy to see all the wonderful pictures of this great Polar bear family from Novosibirsk.All the bears have nice toys and have so much fun with it.They are looking very good and the kids love to play also with Mama, so sweet. Thank you for this lovely up date
    dear Mervt,thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures of Arkadi with us, it is a big joy to watch them.
    dear greetings

  9. Wir sehen eine fröhliche Familie.
    Es gibt sehr viel Spielzeug ! 🙂