ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Wednesday, the St. Louis Zoo showed off new details for the planned opening of Polar Bear Point habitat in 2015. The state of the art McDonnell Polar Bear Point, will feature 40,000 square foot exhibit and cost $15 million dollars. Construction on the habitat started on September 3rd.
The habitat is part several planned updates coming to the zoo, from the zoo’s $120 million dollar Living Promise Campaign.
Polar Bear Point will be located near the Bear Bluffs and Penguin & Puffin Coast in the Wild section of the zoo. It’s expected that the exhibit will house one male and one female to head up a family of one to three cubs. The exhibit more than doubles the space of the old Polar Bear habitat that dated back the 1920’s.
Visitor will have four large viewing windows to see the Polar Bears in a more natural habitat that will feature a sea coastline, tundra, arctic cave and sea.
The zoo will be incorporating new green technology into the habitat, that will filter and recirculate sea water in a closed loop system, saving the zoo 2.3 million gallons of water per year.
As part of the Species Survival Plan, the zoo will be working with other zoos in North America for a captive Polar Bear breeding program to help save the species in the wild.