Gus at Home 2012

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Naptime in August

Gus is 26 years old. He loves to play with fish in a bucket.
The polar bear can swim more than 40 miles in chilly Arctic waters. Underneath the creamy coat, the polar bearís skin is black. This helps to trap and retain the warmth of the sun. A polar bear can smell a seal from 20 miles away. Living off its blubber, a polar bear can go for months without eating.
Gus Naptime Collage Gus

Gus Collage

Gus Collage

Photo by Linda Hanhilammi

Ida with toy. Keepers put treats into the bucket
Ida

Photo by Linda Hanhilammi

Ida In Her Cave
Ida

Photo by Linda Hanhilammi

Gus Playing
Gus

Photo by Linda Hanhilammi

Bear With Blue Bucket
Ida

Photo by Linda Hanhilammi

Gus and Ida
Gus and Ida

Photo by Linda Hanhilammi

Ida in Her Cave
Ida in her Cave

Photo by Linda Hanhilammi

Ida on top of Rock
Ida on top of a rock

Photo by Linda Hanhilammi

Gus Delighting His Fans
Gus

Photo by James Wendell

Ida Delighting Her Fans
Ida

Photo by James Wendell

Gus Having A Snack
Gus Having A Snack

Gus, one of two polar bears at the Central Park Zoo, endured a hot day by licking a fish ice pop. Gus and Ida have an air-conditioned den.

Photo by Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times

Polar Bear Nap Time
Ida

Ida

Gus

Photos by Linda Hanhilammi Monday Guide


Ida, curled up in one of the rock formations in the enclosure
Ida

Gus The Polar Bear Snoozing


Gus Snoozing

Gus is the male bear at the Central Park Zoo. He is 18 and was born in Buffalo New York. Here he is enjoying a nap on one of the many rocks in the enclosure. The photo was taken on a hot August day. The fur of the polar bear acts as insulation and keeps him cool.

Photo by Joan Scheier

Gus and Ida Share A Moment
Gus and Ida

The polar bears today an enclosure that contains 90,000 gallons of water, a new wave pool as well as concrete rocks. The rocks have many flat areas for napping as well as caves for hiding. The keepers put out healthy treats for the bears that include fruits, vegetables, and peanut butter. The polar bears in the enclosure today are 18 years old and were born in zoos in the United States. Here are Ida and Gus sharing a moment in their enclosure.

Photo by Ferne Spieler


Ida Watching The Visitors To The Central Park Zoo
Gus and Ida

Ida is 18 years old and weighs 650 pounds. She can often be found in the window checking out the visitors who are checking her out.

Joan and Ida

Here is Ida our Polar Bear checking out the visitors. She actually looks from one to the other. I am showing the visitors that her paw is like a snowshoe so she doesn't sink into the snow.



Polar Bear in the Menagerie

There have always been two species at the Central Park Zoo from the 1860's to the present: sea lions and the polar bears. In the menagerie ( 1860-1934) there were polar bears and brown bears.



Dancing Bear
Dancing Bear 1937

The Robert Moses zoo of 1934 had polar bears that climbed on rocks and were behind bars, which was common at the time. In addition the zoo had many animal statues.



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