Page 2 of 2The bears and seals are separated from each other by a transparent barrier but appear to share one aquatic environment. Visitors then arrive in an "ice world," passing through a frigid ice cave and finally entering an exploration station with additional indoor viewing.
The Detroit Zoo has been a leader in the exhibition, management and breeding of polar bears since the opening of the first bear exhibit in 1928.
"The goal of the Arctic Ring of Life exhibit is to excite and educate the public about animals and Arctic ecosystems in a unique way. Both the Arctic wildlife and the people have adapted in unusual ways in this extreme and amazing landscape."
Director of the Detroit Zoological Institute, Ron Kagan
ARCTIC RING OF LIFE FACTS
Length of Polar Passage - 70 feet
Thickness of Polar Passage acrylic walls - 4 inches
Polar Passage material - Acrylic; similar material has been used in the aerospace industry,
military and pressure vessels for human occupancy.
A 12 foot high wall separates the polar bears from the seals.
Designer - Jones & Jones, Seattle
Construction Manager- Turner/White
Current number of polar bears at the Detroit Zoo * Five (5), including Talini,
the first Polar bear born at the Detroit Zoo in over 15 years.
Number of keepers assigned to the exhibit - Six (6)
Salt water in and around the tunnel = 300,000 gallons of salt water
Fresh water in pools on the tundra