The Alaska Zoo is a nonprofit established in 1969. Our mission is to promote conservation of Arctic, sub-Arctic and like climate species through education, research and community enrichment.

It is with heavy, broken hearts that our Alaska Zoo team announces the death of Lyutyik. Affectionately known as “Lyu” or “Louie,” the 19-year-old polar bear had been a beloved member of our zoo family and a favorite among visitors since 2006. Having been receiving medical treatment over the last two months, Lyu passed away late yesterday. An evaluation following his death revealed a mass around and in one of his kidneys, something that often goes undetected in animals so large as Lyu. A more comprehensive pathology review is in progress. Whether you came to visit him in person or followed him on the live polar bear cam, we know you loved Lyu just as we did.

It is with heavy, broken hearts that our Alaska Zoo team announces the death of Lyutyik. Affectionately known as “Lyu” or “Louie,” the 19-year-old polar bear had been a beloved member of our zoo family and a favorite among visitors since 2006. Having been receiving medical treatment over the last two months, Lyu passed away late yesterday. An evaluation following his death revealed a mass around and in one of his kidneys, something that often goes undetected in animals so large as Lyu. A more comprehensive pathology review is in progress. Whether you came to visit him in person or followed him on the live polar bear cam, we know you loved Lyu just as we did.

TRICK-OR-TREAT WITH US ON HALLOWEEN, OCTOBER 31ST. ZOO BOO IS A FAMILY SAFE EVENT WITH DECORATED TRAILS.  LEARN MORE HERE AND BUY TICKETS ONLINE.

TRICK-OR-TREAT WITH US ON HALLOWEEN, OCTOBER 31ST. ZOO BOO IS A FAMILY SAFE EVENT WITH DECORATED TRAILS. LEARN MORE HERE AND BUY TICKETS ONLINE.


Alaska Zoo Audio Tour,  Preview Online

Alaska Zoo Audio Tour, Preview Online