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NC Zoo getting new polar bear

Nikita, an 8-year-old male at the Kansas City Zoo, will be moved to the zoo in Asheboro in the coming months to be paired with Anana, the zoo's 15-year-old female polar bear.

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Zoo is getting a new polar bear.

Nikita, an 8-year-old male at the Kansas City Zoo, will be moved to the zoo in Asheboro in the coming months to be paired with Anana, the zoo’s 15-year-old female polar bear. Both will live in an exhibit that was expanded last year.

“Our recently expanded polar bear habitat was designed to maximize the chance of breeding polar bears,” zoo director David Jones said in a statement Wednesday. “The exhibit has a special den for a mother with cubs, which makes our situation ideal for this purpose.”

Anana, whose name means "beautiful" in Inuit, was born at the Seneca (N.Y.) Park Zoo in November 1999. She arrived at the Lincoln Park Zoo in 2001 and was moved last September to Asheboro, where she’ll remain until construction on the Lincoln Park Zoo's polar bear exhibit is completed.

Nikita was born at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio. He arrived in Kansas City in 2010 when he was 3 years old.

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