Meet Siku: A sneak peek at Lincoln Park Zoo’s new Polar Bear

Meet Siku: A sneak peek at Lincoln Park Zoo’s new Polar Bear
Siku at Lincoln Park Zoo. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Six-year-old Siku seems to be enjoying his brand new 15-million dollar digs at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.

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Siku. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

And why shouldn't he.

His home--the Walter Family Arctic Tunda--features a winding stream, a waterfall, a swimming pool, diving areas, climbing hills and a million-dollar view of the Chicago skyline.siku7-1

At a media preview today we were treated to a sneak peek of what the public will be able to see starting with the Grand Opening of the Walter Family Arctic Tunda on November 17th.

Siku. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Siku. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

When Siku was introduced to the cameras he put on quite a show.
The 1,000 pound, 9-feet tall Siku needs to eat between 15 and 17 pounds of food a day to maintain his girth according to Lincoln Park Zoo’s, General Curator Dave Vernier.

His high-fat diet consists of a combination saltwater fish, bones, whole prey, produce, and enrichment foods.

Since polar bears are hunters at heart some of Siku's food is spread around the tundra so that he is able to hunt for it.

Siku. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Siku. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

In Chicago for only a month, after moving here from the Louisville Zoo, along with his favorite toys, Siku seems to have adjusted well.

The move was done with the support of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Program. The association works to assist endangered species and improve the genetic diversity of managed animal populations.

For now, Siku has the entire tundra to himself but the zoo is looking for a female to join him in the near future and then hopefully cubs--creating a full house.

Click here for more information on the new exhibition.

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