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New polar bear will make zoo debut Sunday

Posted at 10:14 AM, Dec 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-29 11:44:22-05

The Buffalo Zoo's newest polar bear will make his public debut this weekend.

Sakari the polar bear came to the zoo in late November from the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, WI.  Since then, zoo staff has been helping him settle into his new home.  The public will be able to see him for the first time January 1, to kick off the New Year.

To coincide with Sakari's public debut, the Buffalo Zoo is also announcing the return of the special winter promotion admission price of $5 per person. This promotion, called “Polar Bear Days” will begin on January 1 and end on February 28.

Sakari will eventually be introduced to the zoo's current polar bear Luna, with the hope that they will mate in the future.  Both bears can be seen in the Garman Family Arctic Edge presented by TOPS Friendly Markets.