State Pledges Money Needed For New Polar Bear Exhibit

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 7:54 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Rachel Elzufon

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 7:54 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - After 4 years of fundraising and planning, the polar bears are finally getting a new home at the Buffalo Zoo.

Governor Cuomo's office has pledged the additional $750,000 needed for a new $18 million state of the art habitat for the polar bears and other arctic animals.

The current exhibit no longer meets national standards. Many feared that bears Luna and Kali would be taken out of buffalo if fundraising goals for new construction were not met.

However, construction on a new and improved habitat will begin in February. The 60,000 square foot exhibit will replicate the snowy, frozen climate of the Arctic Circle.

Luna certainly will stay in Buffalo. There are still some questions about whether or not Kali will remain in the Queen City. It is up to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The creation of the new Arctic Edge exhibit will create 228 construction jobs.