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Alaska Zoo’s polar bears back online thanks to camera donation

By KTVA CBS 11 News 5:09 PM March 16, 2017
ANCHORAGE –

Two polar bears are ready for their closeup now — or at least for a live web stream from the Alaska Zoo. In a joint statement on Thursday, the zoo and GCI announced the return of the Polar Bear Cam, featuring Ahpun and Lyutyik.

“The live Polar Bear Cam is very popular with zoo fans and is an important tool to teach the public about polar bear behavior,” Alaska Zoo executive director Patrick Lampi said in the statement.

Ahpun and Lyutyik playing in their exhibit. Alaska Zoo Live Camera

The live stream had been down for months due to broken equipment, according to GCI spokeswoman Heather Handyside, but thanks to a donation from the telecommunications company, is back up and running at a higher resolution. She stated that the new camera is also “built to withstand the rigors of Alaska winters,” so it will be able to stream Ahpun and Lyutyik’s antics year-round.

“We know the Alaska Zoo polar bears have fans across Alaska and around the globe,” added Dr. Pam Lloyd, the vice president of GCI Healthcare and Education. “We hope that by providing live streaming through the Polar Bear Cam, the zoo can raise interest and awareness to help educate the public about these amazing animals.”

To see what the two polar bears are up to, visit the Polar Bear Cam page on the Alaska Zoo’s website.

Editor’s note: GCI is the parent company of KTVA.

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