North Carolina Zoo to welcome second polar bear to exhibit

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ASHEBORO, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Zoo will get a second resident for its 2.5-acre polar bear exhibit that opened last fall.

The News & Observer (http://bit.ly/1dh5tNp ) reports zoo officials say an 8-year-old male polar bear at the Kansas City Zoo will come to North Carolina in the coming months.

The bear, named Nikita, will join Anana, a 15-year-old female who arrived early last fall from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

Officials say together, the bears will inhabit an exhibit area that underwent $8.5 million in renovations before reopening and features a stream and pool, an ice cave and a den.

Nikita’s move to North Carolina was recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan Program, which manages threatened and endangered species.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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