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Polar Bear

KC Zoo Polar Bear in Snow


Classified as a marine mammal, the polar bear is as typical of the North Pole as the penguins are of Antarctica. These huge carnivores depend on sea ice to hunt their preferred prey, seals. Climate change has severely affected the survival of polar bears who, without sustained sea ice, cannot effectively hunt their prey. You can find our polar bear Berlin near the front entrance.


  • How close is the Polar Bear Passage to a polar bear's natural environment?

    Polar Bear Passage was created to specifically meet our polar bear’s needs. A 140,000 gallon pool chilled to 65 degrees for swimming and diving. A giant sand pit for digging and a grassy yard for rolling and napping. Behind the scenes there are air-conditioned bedrooms and den complete with private swimming pool!

  • How often do you plan activities for the polar bear?

    Daily. Zookeepers use varied foods, smells, toys and sounds to stimulate our polar bears mind. Some examples you may see on the animal cam are; Balls, Barrels, Logs, or Straw.

  • What does the polar bear eat?

    Our polar bear has a wide choice of food items daily. Herring, capelin, trout, polar bear kibble, lard and a wide selection of fruits and vegetables are all on the menu. Seasonally, polar bear weights fluctuate widely just as they would in the Arctic. In summer months, polar bears weigh much less because they are unable to hunt seals on the ice. In the winter, when hunting is possible, polar bears pack on the pounds.

  • Why is Berlin pacing?

    Berlin’s pacing is a habit that she developed as a younger bear, and the amount of time she paces changes from season to season. Her amount of pacing is increased this time of year, probably due to weather changes, hormones and natural instincts.