Ahpun, Animal President

Congratulations to Ahpun!

First Animal President of the Alaska Zoo!

Final vote results:

  • Ahpun:  2129 votes
  • Denali:  1822 votes
  • Yertle:  605 votes

Acceptance Speech:

"It was a WILD campaign. Paw to paw…all the way.  It’s an honor to be elected the first animal president of the Alaska Zoo.  I want to thank all my supporters and even those that voted for my opponents.  In the end, we have furthered the Alaska Zoo’s mission to promote the conservation of Arctic, Sub-Arctic, and like-climate species through education, research and community enrichment." ~ Ahpun

Join Ahpun for her Inauguration at the Christmas for the Animals event at the Alaska Zoo on December 9, 2012.

View Ahpun's official victory press release!

Candidate Profile: Ahpun is a 14-year-old female polar bear (Ursus maritimus) orphaned near Point Lay, Alaska. She has lived at the Alaska Zoo since she was 3 months old.

Ahpun Position Statement:
• Best candidate for the position
• Alaska is my home, I roam no other state
• Have iconic stature
• My species has world-wide name recognition, just like Coca-Cola
• Large and in charge, nobody messes with me
• Natural born leader
• Multi-faceted and walking in two worlds, both land and sea
• I paddle with the best through rough waters

The Alaska Zoo is a private, nonprofit. All funds raised will be used to support the operating budget of the Alaska Zoo.  Thank you for your votes and your support.