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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

St. Louis Zoo Isn't Alone in Eyeing Kali the Orphaned Polar Bear for New Exhibit

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Two more zoos -- New York's Central Park Zoo and North Carolina Zoo -- are eyeing Kali for their polar-bear habitats, but Steven Amstrup, chief scientist at Polar Bear International, named St. Louis as a potential home.

See also: Saint Louis Zoo Penguin and Puffin Coast: Last Look at Exhibit Until 2015 (PHOTOS)

"The new St. Louis exhibit will have one of the most advanced polar-bear facilities in the country when it's completed in 2015," Amstrup tells "The Saint Louis Zoo also is a leading research institution, and the people there are skilled in the challenges of managing small populations. It's also a brand-new polar bear exhibit with, currently, no polar bears."

St. Louis' $15 million polar bear exhibit will double the space of its old habitat, which had been home to polar bears from the 1920s until 2009.

Officials won't make a final decision on Kali's new home for some time, especially if Schumer is successful in keeping the cub in New York for another fourteen months. But St. Louis is patient. Our habitat won't be ready until Kali is an adult anyway.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at [email protected].

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