The first polar bear cub to be born within the UK for 25 years is to depart his residence at the Highland Wildlife Park.
The 2-and-a-half-year-old bear was favorite of the guests since he first emerged at the park in Kincraig in March 2018. However it’s now time for him to depart mum Victoria.
“In the wild, polar bear cubs will stick with their moms for 2 to 3 years. So it is a natural time for Hamish to be shifting on . And I’m certain Victoria will respect some peace and quiet. ” Rachel Williams, senior animal keeper at Highland Wildlife Park, stated.
“It has been an unbelievable 2 and a half years watching him grow and everybody here at the park will miss him.”
“There’s still time for guests to come back and say goodbye before Hamish leaves by the end of October. He’s still a really playful bear.”
“A vital part of our function as a wildlife conservation charity is education. Hamish has made an incredible impression on the 1000’s of people who visited the park since his birth 2 and a half years in the past, and the billions who noticed the news all over the world. ” Additionally, David Field, chief executive of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland which owns the park, stated.
“He has helped to spotlight the threats many species face within the wild . And the adjustments we are able to undertake to actually make a difference.
“Changes within the Arctic climate imply the ocean ice that wild polar bears, and different animals, rely on for survival is shrinking. And it’s probable it will considerably decrease inhabitants numbers over the subsequent 40 years.
“Hamish has been and continues to be an amazing ambassador for his family within the wild.”
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Welcomes Hamish
“We’re happy to welcome Hamish to Project Polar where he’ll join our different male bears. ” Yorkshire Wildlife Park‘s head of animals Dr Matt Hartley stated.
“Yorkshire Wildlife Park participates within the European Endangered Species Program by housing sub-adult males in the course of the essential period of their development before turning into breeding males or retired males that are genetically properly represented in the carefully managed inhabitants.
“Our expansive reserves permit social interaction, play, exploration and behavioral growth that’s very important for bear well being.”
Above all, Hamish’s transfer from Highland Wildlife Park will happen by the end of October with the precise date yet to confirm.
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