St Petersburg – Goodbye supermama Uslada

Apr 14th, 2021 | By | Category: News from the Bear World

14.4.2021 – Source: The Leningrad Zoo, Photos by Micha Moroz

On Tuesday, April 13, one of the oldest polar bears in the world died at the Leningrad Zoo. Uslada was 33 years old. This was reported by the press release from the zoo today.

The photos of Uslada and her daughter Zabava were taken in 2014.





On average, polar bears live in zoos for 25 years, but Uslada has been there for almost 28 years. She was born in the Kazan Zoological Botanical Garden and at the age of 6 she was brought to St. Petersburg.


Uslada was an amazingly loving mother – she gave birth to 16 cubs. Watching how the bear touchingly and tenderly took care of the babies, it was difficult to imagine that in fact she was a formidable predator.


Uslada’s and Menschikow’s cubs


The children of Uslada and Menschikow 1994-2013

Uslada (19.11.1987) came to the Zoo Leningrad from the Zoo Kasan in 1993. Menschikov came from the Island “Novaya Zemlya” in 1989. He died in October 2016

Born – Name – Destination

27.11.1994 Simona, Moscow

12.12.1996 Siril, Tallinn, Estonia

27.11.1998 Colin, Moscow

27.11.1998 Cora, Brno, Czech Republic

09.12.2000 Liya, Queensland, Australia

09.12.2000 Ljutik, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

19.11.2002 Sedov, Krasnojarsk

19.11.2002 Bering, China

02.11.2004 Ladogor, Japan

27.11.2007 Krasin (Kai), Novosibirsk

27.11.2007 Petr (Sejto), Japan

10.11.2009 Simon, Moscow

10.11.2009 Samson, Korea

26.11.2011 Lomosonov, Jakutsk

09.12.2013 Zabava

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  1. Dear Mervi!
    I am very sad about Uslada.

  2. Dear Mervi!
    This is sad news. But I think Uslada has had a long and truly “full” life and, after 16 (!) well raised cubs, deserves a nice place in polar bear heaven. Of course, she will be sorely missed by all who loved her.
    May she rest in peace!


  3. Liebe Mervi,
    ihre Tochter und Enkelinnen waren ebenso fruchtbar und haben uns wunderbare Jungtiere beschert!
    Danke Dir für diesen Beitrag
    traurige Grüße Moni K

  4. Liebe Mervi!

    Es ist immer traurig einen unserer geliebten Eisbären zu verlieren aber Uslada hatte wirklich ein langes erfülltes Leben und wird in ihren Nachkommen weiterleben. Schlaf gut, liebe Uslada!

    Liebe Grüße, Erika

  5. Dear Mervi
    Uslada was indeed one of the finest mother Polar Bears.
    I am wishing her a warm welcome from Menshikov in the icefields.

  6. dear Mervi,
    this is a sad news, I am so sorry to read about the death of Uslada but we know Uslada was beloved by her dear keepers and many good friends and had a good life in St. Petersburg. Wonderful pictures by Micha, yes we can remember the lovely time with Zabava, such a great Mama Uslada.
    dear greetings