The North Carolina Zoo is temporarily suspending operations
effective March 17 until further notice. More information.
Visit our polar bears, Nikita and Anana, at the Zoo's Rocky Coast.
The two polar bear habitats are very different and provide unique experiences for the bears to investigate. To keep the bears cool, the floors in the Ice Cave are chilled by cold water running underneath and their pools are kept between 50 - 60°F. Keepers train the bears to voluntarily take part in preventative health care. They also provide many items during the day to keep the bears stimulated physically and mentally.
This species is cooperatively managed as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan program program. This program is responsible for developing a Breeding and Transfer Plan for each species in the program.