Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster is home to the only polar bears in England.
Last week, 12 year old Rasputin travelled from Antibes in France where he had been living since 2010 to his new home at the Park’s Project Polar reserves.
The European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) recommended the move after Rasputin’s mate Flocke gave birth to four cubs who needed to be kept separate from the male polar bear for their safety.
The 1,000 mile journey by road and ferry was carried out during cold weather to ensure a comfortable journey from the south of France for Rasputin, who weighs in at around 500kg.
Rasputin will be kept in a separate reserve with his own lake for the first 4 months for quarantine purposes. He will then be moved to join resident polar bears Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby to enjoy the 10 acres of reserves and lakes at Project Polar.
The largest land carnivore, polar bears are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species, with the loss of sea ice through global warming the biggest threat to the bears in the wild.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park is committed to polar bear conservation through its work with the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation and Polar Bears International.
For more information on visiting the Yorkshire Wildlife Park polar bears go to www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com