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7 polar bears now live in Winnipeg zoo’s Journey to Churchill

WINNIPEG – All seven polar bears at the Assiniboine Park Zoo are now living in the centrepiece Journey to Churchill exhibit.

The zoo’s three youngest polar bears, Blizzard, Star and Humphrey, were moved from the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre and can be seen in the Journey to Churchill’s Sea Ice Passage area starting Friday. The zoo’s showpiece exhibit allows visitors to pass through a clear tunnel under the bears’ swimming pool.

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Blizzard, Star and Humphrey explore their new home in the Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo. Assiniboine Park Conservancy / Global News
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Blizzard, Star and Humphrey explore their new home in the Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo. Assiniboine Park Conservancy / Global News
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Star plays peek-a-boo for the first time in the tunnels of the Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo. Assiniboine Park Conservancy / Global News

Hudson, Storm, Aurora and Kaska, the zoo’s older bears, are now in the Journey to Churchill’s Churchill Coast area.

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Blizzard and Star were taken to the zoo in late September after they were spotted along the Hudson Bay coast and an extensive search failed to find the mother bear. Humphrey arrived at the zoo in March. The bear is Hudson’s little brother – both were born at the Toronto Zoo.

Zoo staff will start introducing the three youngest bears to the other four in fall, a news release from the zoo says.

READ MORE: 2 more Manitoba polar bear cubs headed for Assiniboine Park Zoo

The polar bear enclosure at the conservation centre is now closed because it no longer houses any bears.

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