Ahpun Memorial Poster by Jon Van Zyle

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Ahpun Memorial Poster by Jon Van Zyle

34.95

In the wake of Ahpun the polar bear's passing on December 31, 2017, the zoo was contacted by legendary Alaskan artist Jon Van Zyle who offered to make a memorial painting in Ahpun's honor for print production. Jon has been a long-time supporter of the Alaska Zoo and wanted to express his feelings over the loss of Ahpun, as did many in the community.

In the print, our male polar bear Lyutyik is standing watch in the background while Ahpun is in the foreground with her nose at the water's edge. This image is especially meaningful as it is a depiction of the first photo the zoo received from photographer John Gomes, who photographed Ahpun for the zoo from the time she was 5 years old on. The original image is meaningful to zoo staff and has long been a favorite.

We made a limited run of these prints (only 500) and are now selling them in our Gift Shop at the zoo entrance and also here online.

Each print is 16x20 and signed by artist Jon Van Zyle. The prints are not numbered. We will ship them to you in a poster tube. They make beautiful framed art for your home or office. We hope you love this print as much as we do!

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