Suka and Sakari aren’t the only ones walking away from the
contest with something new. From the winning entries, two random
winners were drawn: Brenda Osbourne of Maumee, Ohio, and
Evan Wilt of Maumee, Ohio. Each of them wins a one-year
Zoo family membership, enrollment in the Zoo PAL animal adoption
program and a big basket of “bear-tastic” gifts.
The Name the Polar Bear Cubs contest, sponsored by 13abc, The
Blade and Cumulus Toledo, began on April 16 and ended on May 1
at 12 noon. People submitted entries online, in person at the
Zoo’s North Star Trading Post® and KC’s Corner gift shops, and
through a mail-in ballot printed in The Blade.
Suka and Sakari were born on November 21, 2012. They are two of
just three cubs born in 2012 at North American zoos accredited
by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA),
and they are the only cubs in the country being raised by their
Starting Friday, May 3, 2013, visitors will be able to
see Suka and Sakari in the Zoo’s Arctic Encounter®.
Pending the animals’ continued good progress, they are scheduled
to be on exhibit daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., though
they may be off
exhibit periodically depending on their needs or weather
conditions. Come see them while they’re still little!
The Zoo’s cubs have an important future as ambassadors for a
species, protected under the Endangered Species Act, which faces
grave threats in their native habitat. Human activities have a
direct effect on polar bears, and their plight should encourage
all of us to decrease our carbon footprint.