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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Kullu polar bear is now in Como zoo and testing polar bear tracking device prototype

The Kullu polar bear, which has gained a following after being born on Thanksgiving Day 2019 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, is the newest addition to the Como Zoo and has come with a new tackle device from the “Burr on Fur” program for a better track. Polar Bear.

Kullu has one of several tracking tag prototypes called the “Tri-Brush Attachment”.

The newest resident of Como Zoo is Kullu, a 725-pound male polar bear that came to Como from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Como visitors can see Kullu, which is about two years old, in a deep-water display of the Polar Bear Odyssey Habitat. While the polar bear Naan and Neel, the current residents of Kullu Como, will be able to see, smell and interact verbally, they will remain physically isolated until Kullu completes a mandatory quarantine period. (Courtesy of Como Park Zoo and Conservatory)

According to a statement from Como Zoo, the device sticks to the fur of polar bears, providing a minimally invasive way of tracking polar bears in the wild. The prototype was developed through a partnership between Polar Bear International and 3M scientists, including White Bear, Minnesota resident John Kirschhofer.

Scientists have used satellite collars to follow polar bears and their movements, but they have only been able to place them on adult females, according to a statement by Geoff York, senior director of conservation at Polar Bear International.

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“The instruments designed by 3M represent a major potential step forward – they can be used on all classes of polar bears and will allow us to obtain critical data with minimal impact,” York said in a statement. “

Kullu, the Inuktitut word for love, is in the deep water display of the Polar Bear Odyssey habitat at the zoo and will be physically separated from other polar bears until Kullu’s mandatory quarantine period is completed.

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