Story: Zoos and aquariums

Polar bear enclosure

Polar bear enclosure

The Wellington Zoo polar bear enclosure, shown here in the 1930s, was a steep concrete-and-stone bank with a plunge pool at one end. Polar bears are difficult to keep healthy in captivity and they are no longer kept in New Zealand’s zoos.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
Reference: EP-0347-1/2; G

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Zoos and aquariums - Zoo animals and entertainment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 June 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Nov 2008