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Gus, The Iconic Central Park Zoo Polar Bear, Dies

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society

 The Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Park Zoo has announced that Gus, the polar bear, has died at the age of 27. 

Gus was euthanized during a medical procedure once it was determined by veterinarians that he had a large, inoperable tumor in his thyroid region.    

Gus surpassed the median life expectancy for male polar bears in zoos by a good seven years.

"Gus was an icon at the Central Park Zoo and a great source of joy for our visitors and staff," said Jim Breheny, WCS Executive Vice President of Zoos and Aquarium. "He was an important ambassador for his species bringing attention to the problems these bears face in the wild due to a changing environment.  Polar bears are apex predators – the kings of their domain, but vulnerable in a world affected by climate change brought on by human activity." 

Millions of people have visited the Central Park Zoo over the years.  Gus has been living in NYC since 1988. 

Gus was born in Ohio at the Toledo Zoo.

 

 

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