Imagine being the driver:
Kali, a 2 and a half year old, 850 pound polar bear who was orphaned in Alaska as a cub, is now resting comfortably in the zoo’s new Mcdonnell Polar Bear Point exhibit which opened on the 6th of June.
The transportation was donated by FedEx, and went from Rochester, New York to St. Louis. Kali was accompanied by St Louis’ zoo’s veterinarian on his day long journey which included a flight from Rochester to Memphis, followed by temperature controlled truck transportation from Memphis to St Louis.
He arrived safe and sound to a new 40,000 square foot home that offers visitors a 22 foot viewing window. He has his own sea water area, featuring a 1,000 square foot artic room.
Jeffrey Bonner, PHD, President and CEO of the St. Louis zoo said:
‘We are extremely grateful to FedEx for their generosity in transporting Kali with such care and attention to his well-being… Their professionalism and top-notch service were exemplary’
Kali is no stranger to zoo life, he came from Buffalo zoo where had had lived since May 2013. But his story gets incredibly sad when we learn that in March 2013, the orphaned bear was turned over to the US Fish and Wildlife Service by an Alaskan man who shot and killed Kali’s mother in a hunt.
Neil Gibson, Vice-President of FedEx corporate communications said:
‘FedEx is committed to the conservation of at risk animal populations, and we’re proud to have played a part in Kali’s journey.’
St Louis’ zoo is widely recognised for its innovative approach to animal management. Wildlife conservation, research and education, and was named number 1 zoo by Zagat Survey and Parenting magazine. The zoo is set to be Kali’s permanent home, perhaps he’ll have a happy ending after all.