Anana Passes at Columbus Zoo
Anana, a 15 year old polar bear kept at Columbus Zoo, has died.
She was euthanized after showing signs of illness in September, and zoo staff were unable to stabilize her or accurately determine the extent of her condition.
CWI tracks the movement and deaths of polar bears in zoos. Our research has shown that the vast majority of polar bears kept in zoos die from either liver or kidney disease.
Interestingly, recent research suggests that captive polar bears are being fed an improper diet. Additional research will be needed to determine whether that diet is the cause of the substantial number of deaths due to liver and kidney cancers or disease.
In any case: POLAR BEARS DO NOT BELONG IN ZOOS. Support in situ conservation efforts. Never visit zoos.