San Diego Zoo: Local Advantages resident of polar bears

May 28, 2013 | By More

May 28, AP – The San Diego Zoo’s resident polar bears are a counterintuitive sight in southern California—and also in a zoo that mostly houses exotic species already at home in San Diego’s balmy climate.

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Spokesperson Christina Simmons said the San Diego Zoo has adopted LEED-certified buildings, and houses a small solar power plant in the parking lot operated by San Diego Gas & Electric. But much of the zoo doesn’t actually use large amounts of electricity, she noted. That’s largely because many of the zoo’s animals already feel at home in San Diego’s mild climate.

“That’s the way were were created and developed,” Simmons said, “to take advantage of the climate we have here.” And while many of the zoo’s animals are well suited to their locale, others who are not—like these polar bears—have taken to the weather like many human transplants to southern California.

“The polar bears we have were orphaned,” she explained, “and we brought them here very young, before they had a chance to build up all that blubber. “We can hardly get them to go into the water if it’s less than 60 degrees (15.6°C).”

Associated press writer for human rights observers – contributed to this report.

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