SAINT-FÉLICIEN, Qc, May 19 /CNW Telbec/ - An important animal exchange
for the Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien involving a male Polar bear from
the Dierenrijk Zoo in the Netherlands. Steps were first taken about a
year ago and the exchange took place recently.
"Yelle", a young 5-year-old male weighing about 450kg, arrived on Quebec
soil on May 17th and is presently in quarantine at the Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien.
"Frimas", a young 8-year-old female, weighing about 350 kg and owned by
the Zoo Sauvage crossed the Atlantic on May 18th, 2011 to integrate into her new habitat located at Eindhoven in the
Netherlands. A veterinarian member of the European Association of Zoos
and Aquariums (EAZA) accompanied the two Polar bears during their
This exchange gives the Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien the possibility of
presenting a young Polar bear male to visitors and to bring new
genetics into the zoological organizations. "Yelle", the new male will
not be visible to the public for a few months.
The arrival and departure of the Polar bears at the Pierre-Elliot
Trudeau airport aroused the curiosity of many airport personnel who are
not used to seeing this unique type of cargo.
The administration at the Zoo Sauvage de Saint-Félicien, a member of the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums of Canada, are proud to have
completed this important exchange with a European zoo.
SOURCE ZOO SAUVAGE DE SAINT-FELICIEN - CENTRE DE CONSERVATION DE LA BIODIVERSITE BOREALE
For further information:
| Christine Gagnon, biologist |
| || T 418 679-0543 extension 5278 |
T mobile 418 671-1035