February 2015 News Flash
As part of the EEP (European Endangered Species Program, a breeding program for the conservation of a species) and in partnership with EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria), Flocke and Raspoutine gave birth to a baby polar bear.
This happy event renews the park’s success in animal reproduction and species conservation (killer whales, sharks, sea lions, loggerhead turtles, etc.) by welcoming, for the first time ever for Marineland and the Parques Reunidos Group, a baby polar bear!
Our polar bears came from Nuremberg in 2010, as part of the EEP, chosen because our park boasts the top expertise and the best conditions for hosting them. A special facility was custom-built for our "protégés" (with more than €3.5M invested in their well-being), with a saltwater system that is unique in Europe.
Polar bear reproduction is a key issue for the park and for the preservation of the species.
They are the ambassadors of a highly endangered species threatened by global warming, which affects their ecosystem (melting ice).
The Marineland Foundation, alongside many other parks, zoos and associations in Europe, participates in the international “Pole to Pole” program, to raise awareness about the sustainable management of resources and the dangers facing the Arctic and Antarctic.
Born in the night of November 26, 2014, the polar bear cub and his mother Flocke now live together in their “den”. Just like in their natural environment, the mother looks after and feeds her young in this ideal, quiet and secluded area.
A surveillance system was set up by trainers and veterinarians to ensure the well-being and good health of the bears around the clock.
Visitors will only be able to see them in spring, when the mother feels that her cub is sufficiently independent.
For the time being, the cub, which barely weighed 1 kg at birth, now weighs 10 kg! He sleeps and drinks his mother’s milk every 2 hours. Flocke is very attentive and affectionate with her baby.
A contest to select the bear cub’s first name is coming soon on Facebook.
Relive the baby polar bear's birth (long version):