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Other Ways to Support the Polar Bear Project
RUN IN OUR FIRST EVER POLAR BEAR 5K RUN on January 17, 2015! Early Bird registration for the Polar Bear 5K Run goes online on October 16! Visit our Polar Bear 5K Run page for details. Proceeds from registrations go directly to the Polar Bear Project.
LIMITED EDITION MUGS: Purchase limited edition polar bear mugs in our Gift Shop or ORDER THEM ONLINE TODAY! We have two designs, the cub face (left mug) and bear cub (right mug). The center shows the project logo on the back of both mugs. Online orders will have a choice of three set combinations.
|Photo above: The Polar Bear Transition Center is outlined in yellow.|
Polar Bear Project Overview:
The Polar Bear Project is being designed by the Portico Group, an award-winning architectural firm located in Seattle, Washington. Watterson Construction of Anchorage will be the general contractor on the project. The $8 million project will be built in two phases. Phase I is devoted to the Polar Bear Transition Center, a dedicated facility to care for polar bear cubs coming from the North Slope. Phase II focuses on the expanded natural substrate (yard) and water feature with an elevated public viewing area. Our goal is to break ground on Phase I in 2014 and complete the Polar Bear Transition Center in the fall of 2015 to help celebrate the Anchorage Centennial.
Phase 1: The Polar Bear Transition Center
Phase II will be the more "public side" of the project, estimated at $6 million. Phase II will add the following elements to complete the project:
Why Begin This Project Now?
This is the first major expansion project on an animal habitat at the Alaska Zoo in 15 years. We have been busy working on infrastructure projects such as the animal infirmary and commissary which serve all of the permanent and temporary residents of the zoo. This is a good time to move forward on this project for polar bears because of:
"The Alaska Zoo is an incredible asset to the citizens of Anchorage and to Alaskans, along with being a top destination for visitors" ~ Mayor Dan Sullivan
"Not only would this expansion provide an improved facility for the education of the public on Arctic ecosystems and polar bears, it would also improve the zoo's ability to care for orphaned cubs and provide new research opportunities on captive bears that may benefit their wild counterparts" ~ Elizabeth LaVerne Smith, Acting Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
For more information on how you can join our team and support The Polar Bear Project, please contact Eileen Floyd (Major Gifts Director) at (907) 341-6431 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.