DULUTH - Our beloved Berlin, the Lake Superior Zoo's polar bear, on loan to the Kansas City Zoo is now on exhibit.
Berlin can be viewed on the Nikita Polar Bear Cam at http://www.kansascityzoo.org/ .
She can be seen exploring her new exhibit and swimming in the pool.
Being placed on exhibit is the second step in the introduction process.
Ultimately, the goal is to have her share the exhibit with "Nikita" with the hopes that the two breed and produce offspring.
Berlin was re-located to the Como zoo following a devastating June flood at the Lake Superior Zoo and recently transferred to Kansas City.
Director of Zoo Operations Peter Pruett commented "It's an exciting day! It's exciting to see her happy, healthy and exploring! She's owning the exhibit, which is what I expected. We absolutely can't wait until she gets introduced to Nikita!"
Pruett also explains the introduction timeline and process.
"The introduction process will take time. Berlin needs to become comfortable with the exhibit. During this same time frame, the bears are given visual and olfactory contact with each other. Next would be a "nose to nose" introduction. How long this process will take? It is unknown at this time, but I expect it to not take too long."