Will Anoki Ever Be a Mother?

Roberto Vivas, Staff Writer

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The Maryland Zoo’s polar bear, Anoki, is one of two adult polar bears that the zoo cares for. That number used to be a bit higher. In 2015, Anoki’s mate, Magnet, was diagnosed with kidney disease and was euthanized to end his deteriorating quality of life. He achieved 26 years on this Earth before his time, with Anoki being 19 years old at the time of his passing. Magnet did sire one cub, but that was in 2006 and not with Anoki. Since then, the Maryland Zoo has not paired Anoki with another male polar bear. For the Maryland Zoo, “The prospect that Anoki might ever get pregnant seemed hopeless when her mate died two years ago.”

“But then veterinary scientists from the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens called, wanting to try to impregnate Anoki through artificial insemination.” This idea was accepted the Maryland Zoo and the joint venture was underway. Dr. Ellen Bronson, director of animal health, conservation, and research, voiced the zoo’s opinion, “This is something that we are very excited about … We would be thrilled if we had a cub come out of this.” Erin Cantwell, mammal collection and conservation manager agreed, stating, “Since poor reproduction is one of the biggest factors affecting the aging zoo polar bear population, the opportunity to participate in ground breaking research and contribute to the overall knowledge of polar bear reproduction was very appealing to us.”

Anoki has already undergone the procedure, using sperm from a polar bear named Hudson who is located at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. However, there is no way to know for sure if the procedure was successful, thanks to the fact that polar bear pregnancy tests do not exist yet. In fact several other female polar bears have undergone the procedure and hasn’t provided any results. So, the Cincinnati & Maryland Zoos will do their best to monitor’s Anoki’s health till a confirmation can be made of the procedure’s success.

Sources

  1. McDaniels, Andrea K. “Zoo Officials Anxiously Hoping for Possible Birth of Cub after Polar Bear Gets Artificial Insemination.” com, 29 Sept. 2017, www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-polar-bear-artificial-insemination-20170928-story.html.
  2. Staff, WMAR. “Maryland Zoo Potentially Found a Different Way to Get a Polar Bear Cub.” WMAR, 27 Sept. 2017, www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/maryland-zoo-potentially-found-a-different-way-to-get-a-polar-bear-cub.
  3. “The Zoo Says Goodbye to Iconic Polar Bear, Magnet.” The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 28 Apr. 2015, www.marylandzoo.org/2015/04/zoo-says-goodbye-iconic-polar-bear-magnet/.
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