POLAR BEAR EXCHANGE WITH EUROPEAN ZOO

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 transatlantic voyage.

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
  418 679-0543 extension 5278 
T mobile 418 671-1035

 

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ZOO SAUVAGE DE SAINT-FELICIEN - CENTRE DE CONSERVATION DE LA BIODIVERSITE BOREALE

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