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Polar bear 'Anoki' to make a return to Rochester

Sep 20, 2018

Credit Monroe County

It is a homecoming of sorts at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester. Anoki, a female polar bear that was born that zoo in 1996 will be coming back.

Anoki, who left the Rochester zoo in 1998 to go to Albuquerque Biological Park, then was moved to the Maryland zoo in 2008.

The Seneca Park Zoo has been without a polar bear since April, when Aurora died of age-related causes.

Anoki was born at the local zoo in 1996 to Aurora and Yukon. Yukon died in 2008.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says that the return of Anoki was determined through discussions with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan, which manages populations of animals in conservation care.