In our collection
We currently have three polar bears at Highland Wildlife Park, we have two males called Walker and Arktos and a female called Victoria.
Where to see them
The two males are in an enclosure near the beginning of the Main drive-through Reserve or can be seen from the viewpoint on the walk round.
Victoria's enclosure on the opposite side of the drive through and can only be access by a walkway located near the Amur tigers.
Please note: On Monday 10 October, the visitor walkway leading out to Victoria, our female polar bear, was closed to visitors and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. As there is no pregnancy test for polar bears, we are taking a precautionary approach and treating her as if she may be, which means making sure she has as much privacy as possible. The prime polar bear birth season is late autumn/early winter and so we just want to give her the benefit of the doubt and provide her with the conditions she will require to rear any possible offspring.
Although Victoria is not visible, the two male polar bears, Arktos and Walker, can of course still be seen in their bachelor pad near the centre of the Wildlife Park.
Don't miss our daily keeper talk at 1:15pm at the male polar bear enclosure
Threats and Conservation
Polar bears are under threat due to the loss of their habitat. They need sea ice as a hunting platform to catch seals, but global warming is causing the ice to melt earlier each year. This means that the polar bear has less time to hunt and put on weight for their summer fast or for a female to remain in the snow den caring for her young cubs.
Please find below an excerpt on our polar bears from our Main Reserve audio guide: