For more than a century, polar bears have been among the most popular animals at the Buffalo Zoo. In order to keep this iconic species at the Buffalo Zoo, a new exhibit must be built to meet the current husbandry standards adopted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), our professional accrediting body.
Over the last two years the Buffalo Zoo has been engaged in the quiet phase of The Bear Necessities Campaign, an effort to raise $18 million to build a new Entry Plaza and Arctic Edge, a state-of-the art polar bear habitat. The Campaign currently stands at just over $14 million. Now we are calling on the people of Western New York and beyond to help us finish the campaign so that we can build the new exhibit because Our Bears Belong in Buffalo.
The Buffalo Zoo’s Arctic Edge will be more than 60,000 square feet (1 ˝ acres) in size and replicate the snowy, frozen climate of the Arctic Circle. Two large exhibits will house polar bears while three smaller enclosures will feature arctic wolf, bald eagle and Canadian lynx to illustrate the diversity of species that have adapted to life in this harsh climate. The landscape will be naturalistic and will include two large saltwater pools, natural boulders and a variety of substrates. A sophisticated Life Support System (LSS) will be utilized to maintain high water quality. Underwater viewing will enable visitors to get an up-close look at the bears’ swimming styles, natural behaviors and playful antics.
An Arctic Conservation Center will provide enhanced educational opportunities for the exhibit. Climate change, its effects on the polar bear population and simple changes people can make in their daily lives to reduce the threat of global warming will be featured. Programming for school groups and general visitors will be implemented to create a more educated public which in turn will protect this iconic species.
We hope you will agree that Our Bears Belong in Buffalo and will make your polar pledge to help. Checks may be made payable to Buffalo Zoo Campaign and sent to:
Buffalo Zoo Campaign
300 Parkside Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14214
Or you may CLICK HERE to charge your gift to your MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express.
Or you may use your cell phone to make a gift by texting zoobear to 56512.
Donors of $1,000 or more will have their names displayed permanently on our Honor Roll of Donors located in the new Entry Plaza.
For more information on the Campaign and available naming opportunities, please contact Adair M. Saviola, Director of Development & Marketing at 995-6158.