Ganuk, meaning ‘snowflake’ in the Inuktitut language, was born in captivity on November 20. 2009 at the Zoo Sauvage in St-Felicien, Québec with his twin sister Taiga. Ganuk’s dad is Inukshuk and his mother is Aisaqvak. He and his sister moved to the Aquarium of Québec in 2011. Ganuk was moved to our facility in 2012 and is owned by the Toronto Zoo.
Ganuk weighs between 900-1100lbs. In the summer he eats apples, pears, carrots, sweet potatoes, honeydew, blueberries, and fish but his absolute favourite is watermelon! His winter diet consists of Mackerel, moose meat, and some seal.
Henry was born on May 9, 2013 at Sea World Gold Coast where both his parents live. His mother, Liya, was born in the Leningrad Zoo in Russia in December of 2000. His father, Nelson, was orphaned in the province of Québec as a cub, and he is thought to have been born in December of 2003. Henry stayed with his mother until he was two years old, at which time she started to push him away which is a natural behaviour in polar bears. He was separated from his mother in August of 2015, and in October, he completed the long trip from Australia to his new home in Canada.
Henry is still considered a young cub and while he is only 640lbs, we expect him to grow to approximately 1000lbs. by the time he turns 6-7 years old. He is a very exuberant bear and tries to engage Ganuk in play fights fairly often. He also is another big fan of watermelon!