Polar Bears and the Lake Superior Zoo

The Duluth community has had polar bears for nearly all of its 90+ years of existence, with the first polar bear named Fuzzy Wuzzy arriving in 1928. Unfortunately, the Polar Shores exhibit is severely damaged and no longer meets polar bear husbandry standards set forth by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the accreditation organization that sets standards that the Lake Superior Zoo has agreed to follow.

At this time, there are no plans to bring polar bears back to the Lake Superior Zoo.  A new polar bear facility would cost a projected $13 million and no major donors/sponsors/funders have come forward with sufficient interest and money to fund a polar bear exhibit. If they did, the zoo’s priorities could change.