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Polar bear Anana leaving Cincinnati Zoo for Detroit

Last chance to see her in Cincinnati this weekend
Posted at 12:03 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 12:03:48-05

CINCINNATI — Polar bear Anana will be looking for love in another city.

After three years at the Cincinnati Zoo, Anana will soon depart for the Detroit Zoo after national experts recommended another potential match for her there, zoo officials announced this week.

“After being with Cincinnati Zoo’s 30-year-old male polar bear Little One for three breeding seasons without producing a cub, Anana will be paired with a male at the Detroit Zoo that has sired cubs in the past,” zoo officials wrote on Facebook.

Zoo officials speculated Anana, who has had cubs in the past with another mate, was expecting cubs late last year. However, weight gain and hormonal changes turned out to be unrelated to pregnancy after all.

Anana leaves behind Cincinnati’s “Lords of the Arctic” exhibit for Detroit’s “Arctic Ring of Life,” one of North America’s largest polar bear enclosures featuring grassy tundra, a freshwater pool, a pack ice area and a 190,000-gallon saltwater pool. Anana, now 20, will join 15-year-old male Nuka and 7-year-old female Suka.

The Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) recommended the move as part of its Species Survival Plan.

“We will miss her but know that she’s going to a good home and the best situation for her to reproduce and contribute to the dwindling polar bear population,” zoo officials wrote.

You'll have one last chance to see her in Cincinnati this weekend.