10.3.2023 – Source: The Toledo Zoo
The two bundles of joy were born December 1 to 24-year-old mother Crystal and 18-year-old father Nuka.
This is the first time polar bears have been born at the facility since 2012.
We know now that the twins are boys.
The babies are not on display just yet. The zoo says the public will be able to see the cubs in spring 2023.
In the meantime, the zoo is livestreaming video from the happy family’s den from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Crystal and Nuka were paired based on the advice of the species survival program, which issues breeding recommendations for endangered species in zoos to ensure genetic diversity in the population.
Cast your vote now for our Polar bear cubs naming contest!
Every $1.00 donated is a vote for a given pair of names, and voting can be done more than once.
Visit https://www.toledozoo.org/polar-bear-cub-vote or text “CUBS” to 419-900-8966 and subscribe to our interactive messaging stream for more cub updates.
The contest closes at midnight on March 12. We will announce the winning names shortly before the cubs officially go on exhibit this spring.
Our team prioritizes the health and safety of the cubs and will determine an exhibit debut date once our keepers confirm that they’re ready.
Father Nuka has left Toledo and returned to the Detroit Zoo where he lived from 2011 to 2022.