ASHEBORO, N.C.-- It's temporary, but the North Carolina Zoo is getting a new addition to its polar bear exhibit. The zoo announced Thursday that Patches--the polar bear-- is getting a "roommate".
The new addition is "Anana", a 15-year-old, female polar bear at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Anana is relocating to the NC Zoo sometime this fall. Patches, the zoo's 26-year-old female polar bear arrived last November from Pennsylvania.
The move is temporary because of construction on Lincoln Park Zoo's polar bear exhibit which isn't expected to be completed until 2016. Anana, whose name means "beautiful" in Inuit, was born at Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, NY, in November 1999. She arrived at Lincoln Park Zoo in 2001.
"We are delighted to welcome Anana from our friends at Lincoln Park Zoo," said Dr. David Jones, director of the North Carolina Zoo. "She will be a star at the zoo and the newly expanded polar bear exhibit."
According to a news release, Anana's arrival will come around the same time as finishing touches are being made on North Carolina Zoo's expanded polar bear exhibit. The new exhibit, which includes more than $8 million worth of renovations and expansion, is expected to open in October.