POWELL, OH (WCMH) — Three of the Columbus Zoo’s polar bears are leaving the exhibit and headed to other zoos. Nuniq, Neva and Amelia Gray are playing together now, but that will soon be over in the fall. Abbey Dehnke brings her daughter Paisley here often.
“It’s sad, but it’s exciting that other people can enjoy our polar bears and hopefully get some new ones,” said Dehnke.
Matt Hall feels the same.
“Oh, it’s sad. Such a nice little exhibit for them. Hopefully where they’re going is a lot of that,” said Hall.
Zookeeper Devon Savo said she too will miss them.
“We feel your pain. We are going to miss them a lot too. But come see them before they leave,” said Savo.
Savo said this move is needed to help conservation of the bears and spread awareness that they are indeed endangered. Everyone NBC4 spoke to saw nothing but cuteness and couldn’t tell them apart, except for the zookeeper.
“You can tell them apart a lot by their personalities. Also size.
Nuniq is a big boy he is over 600 pounds now. He’s larger than his mom at this point. So he’s an easy one to pick out,” said Savo.
Savo also said Neva is the smallest and Amelia is a big sweetheart like her mom. She will miss them.
“We are pretty excited about them getting ready to start the next phase of their life. It’s going to be really hard to say goodbye,” said Savo.
The two females polar bears will be heading to Baltimore sometime in November. The male’s new home still hasn’t been announced.