NC Zoo seeks help naming adopted polar bear in Canada
The North Carolina Zoo said Wednesday that it wants the public's help in naming a wild polar bear the zoo recently adopted through Polar Bears International.Posted — Updated
The female polar bear is living with her two cubs in the Western Hudson Bay area of Canada.
The names to vote on were chosen by zookeepers and are a collection of Inuit and Native American names and North Carolina themes:
- Yura – Inuit for "one who is beautiful"
- Sakari – Native American for "sweet"
- Carolina – self-explanatory
- Tapeesa – Inuit for "Arctic flower"
- Hope – for hope for the polar bears’ future
PBI is the leading polar bear conservation group in the world solely dedicated to conserving wild polar bears and their threatened Arctic environment. The N.C. Zoo is among an elite group of 40 zoos, aquariums and museums that partner with PBI on conservation efforts.
Every fall, the organization fits up to 10 female polar bears in the wild with GPS collars to continually track their movements. Collars last up to one year, dropping off automatically on a preset date.