Update on Argentinean Polar Bear, Arturo (Feb 11) .pdf

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Assiniboine Park Conservancy Update regarding
Argentinean Polar Bear, Arturo
For immediate release: Winnipeg, February 11, 2014 – The Assiniboine Park Conservancy
(APC) has received confirmation that the Government of Mendoza Province in Argentina has
decided that Arturo, a polar bear living at the Mendoza Zoo, will remain in Argentina.
The Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) has been in ongoing discussions for several months
with Government and Zoo officials regarding Arturo, to help determine if a transfer to another
facility would be in the animal’s best interest.
As part of these ongoing discussions, APC representatives had been informed that the
Mendoza Zoo would be unable to supply three years of specific medical records that would be
required in order to obtain an import permit from the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency).
In addition, we have now been informed that the Veterinary Council of the Mendoza Zoo has
determined Arturo is not in optimal condition to endure the physical strain of a transfer from
Argentina to Canada, which would require general anesthesia and very lengthy air transfers.
Based on that assessment, the Government of Mendoza has supported their Veterinary
Council’s recommendation that Arturo remain at the Mendoza Zoo.
“We feel we are still in a position to have a positive influence for Arturo by continuing the
dialogue with the Mendoza Zoo,” said Don Peterkin, Chief Operations Officer with the
Assiniboine Park Conservancy. “The Government of Mendoza has indicated they would
welcome our advice regarding possible improvements to Arturo’s overall care and living
conditions and we will move forward on that basis.”
APC plans to send a member of our veterinarian team to Mendoza in the near future to help
evaluate Arturo’s existing environment as well as the Zoo’s husbandry routines and veterinary
care practices and, if possible, provide recommendations for improvements. Discussions are
ongoing to determine a suitable date for this visit.
-30For interviews and information requests, please contact:
Laura Cabak
Manager, Brand and Communications
Office: 204-927-6057, Cell: 204-793-4316, lcabak@assiniboinepark.ca
Alison August
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Office: 204-927-6077, Cell: 204-296-3759, aaugust@assiniboinepark.ca

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