Detroit Zoo Polar Bear Cub Loves to Swim!

Swim lessons now every morning at the Arctic Ring of Life

ROYAL OAK, Mich., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ — The newest member of the Arctic Ring of Life, the polar bear cub Talini, is so excited about swimming that the Zoo has increased her time in the exhibit’s large pool. Accompanied by her mother, Barle, the cub is now spending time every day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. practicing her swimming, after which she can be seen in the grassy tundra portion of the exhibit.

The cub was introduced to the large, 300,000 gallon chilled saltwater pool in the Ice Pack portion of the exhibit last week. Since then, she has made great progress in her swimming abilities and strength.

“We are thrilled at how well she has taken to swimming in the large aquatic environment,” said Ron Kagan, Director of the Detroit Zoological Institute.

Barle, who was wild born and rescued by the Detroit Zoo from a circus in Puerto Rico in 2002, is a first-time mother. Barle and Talini will continue to live apart from the other polar bears until Talini is fully grown, in about another year.

It is estimated that between 22,000 and 25,000 polar bears remain in the wild, though exact numbers are not known in their natural habitat of the circumpolar Arctic-U.S. (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Norway. Polar bears are a threatened species. Threats to the bears include climate change, pollution, and poaching.

The Detroit Zoological Institute is comprised of the Detroit Zoo and the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. The Institute, founded in 1928, is committed to celebrating and saving wildlife. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits, the Detroit Zoo is open year round with several indoor viewing areas. The Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of Ten Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just off I-696 in Royal Oak. Admission is $11.00 for adults 13 to 62; $9.00 for senior citizens 62 and older and $7.00 for students ages 2 to 12; and children under two are free. For more information call (248) 398-0900 or visit http://www.detroitzoo.org/ . The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is currently under construction but some family programming takes place on the weekends with advance reservations by calling (313) 852-4056. The Detroit Zoological Society works to promote the general welfare and interests of the Institute. Financial support has allowed the Zoo to open new exhibits, develop important education and conservation programs and implement major beautification projects. To help the Detroit Zoological Society through financial support, partnership opportunities, membership, or volunteering, please call (248) 541-5717.

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