Polar Bears Gus and Ida Show Their Love at WCS's Central Park Zoo

  • Couples of all kinds celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Central Park Zoo
  • The zoo’s oldest couple still finds time to play

New York, NY – February 14, 2011 – Gus and Ida, the polar bears at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo, love to cuddle and play like youngsters.

Gus and Ida have been at WCS’s Central Park Zoo since 1988 making them the oldest couple at the zoo.
WCS landscape ecologists have worked with polar bear researchers from the United States Geological Service to create a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) map of the changes in sea ice habitat over time. The map will help scientists distinguish climate phenomena from global warming trends that threaten Arctic wildlife.

Photo Credit: Philana Otruba © Wildlife Conservation Society

Sophie Bass – 212-439-6527; sbass@wcs.org


The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo - Open every day of the year. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $7 for children 3 to 12, and free for children under  3. Zoo hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays, and 10am – 5:30pm weekends, April through October, and 10am – 4:30pm daily, November through April. Tickets are sold until one half-hour before closing. The zoo is located at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street. For further information, please call 212-439-6500 or visit www.centralparkzoo.com

The Wildlife Conservation Society
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide.  We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.      

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