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Much larger than the previous polar bear enclosure, the new Walter Family Arctic Tundra exhibit offers triple the space for its new inhabitants. The 11,483-square-foot habitat currently houses a 1,000-pound, 7-year-old polar bear named Siku and features a winding stream, waterfall and dive pools that pump nearly 50,000 gallons of water.

Split into two enclosures, the habitat has multiple discrete viewing areas with one in the south shelter that allows keepers to showcase trained behaviors for guests. The exhibit replicates the arctic predator’s native landscape with an ice cave powered by an industrial-size ice machine, boulders for climbing and a 42-foot barrier between visitors and the exhibit space.

Lincoln Park Zoological Society
Interactive Design Inc.
Project Location
Chicago, Illinois
11,483 SF