UB Athletics Partners with Buffalo Zoo to Benefit “Our Bears Belong in Buffalo” Campaign
BUFFALO, NY- The University at Buffalo Athletics Department has partnered with the Buffalo Zoo for a special ticket offer to the "Black Friday Clash at the Ralph" football game on Nov. 29. Fans can purchase an $18 ticket to UB's final home game against Bowling Green at Ralph Wilson Stadium with proceeds going to the Buffalo Zoo's "Our Bears Belong in Buffalo" campaign.
Fans can go to ticketmaster.com and enter the promo code ZOOFUND to purchase an $18 ticket (regularly $25). $8 from every purchase will go to the Buffalo Zoo to help build a new polar bear habitat.
The Buffalo Zoo's Arctic Edge will be more than 60,000 square feet (1½ acres) in size and replicate the snowy, frozen climate of the Arctic Circle. Two large exhibits will house polar bears while three smaller enclosures will feature arctic wolf, bald eagle and Canadian lynx to illustrate the diversity of species that have adapted to life in this harsh climate. The landscape will be naturalistic and will include two large saltwater pools, natural boulders and a variety of substrates. A sophisticated Life Support System (LSS) will be utilized to maintain high water quality. Underwater viewing will enable visitors to get an up-close look at the bears' swimming styles, natural behaviors and playful antics.
"The Buffalo Zoo is looking forward to a partnership with UB Athletics that will benefit the Our Bears Belong in Buffalo campaign," Buffalo Zoo President/CEO Donna Fernandes said. "We are hoping that community support will help us complete the campaign by year's end."
Winners of seven straight, the Bulls are in the midst of a very special season. UB is 7-2 overall and sits atop the Mid-American Conference standings with a perfect 5-0 record. The "Black Friday Clash at the Ralph" will likely play a huge part in who represents the East Division in the Mid-American Conference championship game. It will be the first college football game played at Ralph Wilson Stadium since 1979 when Syracuse played Miami (FL).
"We are excited to partner with the Buffalo Zoo for this special offer," UB Director of Athletics Danny White said. "The Buffalo Zoo is an important fixture in our community and we encourage our fans to help them reach their goal of building a new polar bear exhibit”.
For more information, please contact the Alumni Arena ticket office at 1-888-UB-THERE.
After Push, Senator Charles Schumer Announces Kali the Polar Bear Will Stay at Buffalo Zoo Until 2015 – Secures Commitment from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Keep Kali in Buffalo for Next Two Years, if Zoo Passes 2014 Inspection as Expected.
After Schumer’s Push, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Commits to Keeping Kali at the Buffalo Zoo Through 2015, Pending a Positive USDA Review of Enclosure in the Spring of 2014 – Kali Had Been Rumored to Be on the Move Before the End of Year, According to Buffalo Zoo
Earlier this Month, In a Personal Call to Director Ashe of the Fish and Wildlife Service – Which Owns Kali – Schumer Made the Case that Buffalo is the Best Home for Kali
Schumer: Decision to Keep Kali in Buffalo is Good for the Zoo, Good for Buffalo, and Best of All, Good for Kali
Today, at the Buffalo Zoo, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has committed to keep Kali the polar bear at the Buffalo Zoo until Spring 2015, pending a standard U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) review in Spring 2014. Schumer noted that the Buffalo Zoo has just passed the same APHIS inspection as recently as October of this year and they expect to pass the pending 2014 review, thus keeping Kali in Buffalo until Spring 2015 at minimum. Schumer personally weighed in with the Director of the FWS Dan Ashe in early November after rumors that the agency was under pressure to move Kali to another zoo, and made the argument that Kali was best served by staying put. According to the Buffalo Zoo, there were serious concerns that Kali’s departure was imminent before Schumer stepped in, particularly because Kali has been sought after by other zoo interested in adding a polar bear exhibit. However, Schumer highlighted to Ashe that local veterinarians have attested to Kali’s improving health in Buffalo, as well as her friendship with the Zoo’s other polar bear, Luna.
“The confirmation that Kali will stay in Buffalo for the near future is a huge win all around, for the Zoo, for Buffalo, and most importantly, for Kali. Now, Kali can continue his development alongside his friend Luna, in an environment to which he’s already adapted,” said Schumer. “For frequent zoo visitors, and for the staff at the Buffalo Zoo who have watched Kali grow up from a polar bear cub, to see him go before he had a chance to reach adulthood would have been unbearable. Now, as long as all goes as the Zoo expects with its 2014 APHIS review, Kali will stay in Buffalo until at least 2015, where he is safe, healthy, and has the potential to breed.”
"The Buffalo Zoo is grateful for Senator Schumer's active role in guaranteeing that Kali will not be subjected to any unnecessary relocations,” said the Buffalo Zoo CEO Donna Fernandes. “Kali and Luna have such a wonderful relationship that we are happy that they will remain together for this critical time in his development."
Kali was a wild polar bear who was rescued by the FWS after a hunter killed his mother, at which point they decided that the Buffalo Zoo was the best place to keep Kali. Because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service owns Kali, unlike Luna who is owned by the Zoo itself, it can move Kali to other zoos in search of a polar bear if it so chooses. Schumer explained to Director Ashe, however, that the same logic that applied when Kali was rescued should apply now – if the Buffalo Zoo is deemed the best place for Kali’s health and development, it should remain his home during this critical time in his development. Schumer also pointed to the recent news that the Buffalo Zoo is on track to complete its new “Arctic Edge” polar bear exhibit, which he said added another reason for Kali to stay for a longer term.
The FWS has heeded Schumer’s call, and in a letter delivered to his office in response to his conversation with Dan Ashe, committed to keep Kali in Buffalo until Spring 2015 pending a positive APHIS review in 2014. Schumer, standing in front of the current polar bear exhibit with the Buffalo Zoo CEO Donna Fernandes and representatives of the Buffalo Zoo, cited the Zoo’s recent positive APHIS review and the zoo’s confidence in the quality of their enclosure as a sign that they would pass a re-inspection in Spring 2014. The Buffalo Zoo has constructed a temporary home for Kali and Luna as they begin construction on a new, permanent polar bear exhibit.
Schumer said that keeping Kali in Buffalo was best for the animal’s health and social development. According to the Zoo’s veterinarians, Kali has adjusted well to his home in Buffalo after the traumatic circumstances of his rescue, and to move Kali in the near term would potentially hinder the 10-month old cub’s recovery. Schumer made the case to Director Ashe that Kali should stay in Buffalo at least until reaching “adulthood,” which polar bears typically achieve at 2 years of age. The commitment from U.S. Fish and Wildlife means Kali will stay in Buffalo until this critical threshold, at which point his chances of a healthy adult life will greatly increase.
With the Buffalo Zoo set to complete a brand new polar bear exhibit in September of 2015, Schumer hopes the decision to keep Kali in Buffalo in the interim greatly increases the chances of Kali staying in Buffalo long-term.m greatly increases the chances of Kali staying in Buffalo long-term.
Polar Bear Cubs Back on Exhibit
Buffalo, N.Y. (Sept. 25 2013) – The Buffalo Zoo’s two polar bear cubs, Luna and Kali, will be out in their new exhibit space, starting September 26.
The Zoo moved the cubs to the tiger exhibit because the growing cubs had outgrown the smaller space they were in. The Zoo made improvements to the tiger exhibit, including deepening the pool to five feet to meet the USDA minimum standards for polar bear husbandry.
Luna and Kali will be out in the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The tigers, which are a nocturnal species, will be in the exhibit after 2 p.m. and in the evenings.The Zoo encourages anyone who plans to visit the Zoo to see a specific animal to call before visiting at (716) 837-3900.
Buffalo Zoo Celebrates World Rhino Day with Announcement of Rhino Pregnancy
Buffalo, N.Y. (Sept. 18, 2013) – The Buffalo Zoo’s Indian rhinoceros, Tashi, is pregnant.
The Zoo participated in an experimental Artificial Insemination (AI) procedure, and is one of the first zoos in the world to have a successful Indian rhino AI pregnancy. A team of keepers and veterinarians from the Buffalo Zoo worked with Dr. Monica Stoops from the Center of Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) based at the Cincinnati Zoo to help with the AI process.
The procedure took place in February of 2013. If Tashi remains healthy and the pregnancy successfully goes to term, keepers expect that she will give birth in June of 2014. The pregnancy is an important step towards global rhino conservation, and is already proving invaluable to the research efforts of CREW and the rhinoceros species survival plan (SSP.)
Anyone interested in learning more about Tashi’s pregnancy, or about global rhino
conservation should attend the Buffalo Zoo’s World Rhino Day event. On Sunday,
September 22, the Zoo will host a special lecture by Joe Hauser, the Zoo’s lead rhino keeper.
The event, which runs from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Children’s Resource Center (CRC,) will also feature raffles and refreshments. Tickets are only $5, and all proceeds will benefit the International Rhino Foundation. Reservations are recommended, but not required. For more information, call (716) 995-6133.
World Rhino Day is a global day of recognition and celebration of the five species of
rhinoceros. It was first celebrated by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) South Africa in 2010 and has since become a worldwide day of awareness and appreciation for these beautiful
Buffalo Zoo and Kleinhans Music Hall Present National Geographic Live!
Buffalo, N.Y. (Sept. 12 2013) – The Buffalo Zoo will team up with Kleinhans Music Hall to
present the Western New York debut of National Geographic Live: An Evening with Paul Nicklen.
The event will take place on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Kleinhans.
Paul Nicklen is a renowned National Geographic photographer and biologist, working mostly in arctic climates. A unique childhood among the Inuit in Canada’s Arctic and a professional background as a biologist enable Nicklen to take on the most inhospitable places on our planet, often working in sub-zero temperatures. His images reflect a reverence for the creatures inhabiting these isolated and threatened environments, and he hopes that his work will put real faces on climate change, making it impossible to ignore.
Nicklen recently earned one of photography’s highest honors, the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year award (2012) for his photographs of emperor penguins under the ice, one of more than 20 top honors he has collected since he began his photographic career in 1995. He is the author of Polar Obsession (2009), a pictorial celebration of the polar ecosystems where he has spent most of his life.
The topic of Nicklen’s presentation will be Polar Obsession. The event will be an hour-long presentation with accompanying photography and video clips, followed by a question and answer session moderated by Dr. Donna Fernandes, President/CEO of the Buffalo Zoo.
General admission tickets cost $25. Members of the Buffalo Zoo and the Buffalo Museum of Science and Buffalo Philharmonic subscribers can purchase tickets for a discounted price of $20. Student tickets are available for $10 with a valid student I.D.
Special V.I.P. tickets will be available. The $75 package includes a one-hour meet-and-greet session with Paul Nicklen preceding the presentation, as well as refreshments, polar bear themed gifts, and priority seating. Tickets are available online at
www.kleinhansbuffalo.org or by calling the Kleinhans box office at (716) 885-5000.
Tim Horton’s Cafe and Bake Shops Donate to the Zoo!
Representatives from the corporate offices of Tim Horton's Cafe and Bake Shops present Buffalo Zoo Marketing Manager Michael Powers with a check in the amount $20,210.00. That represents a two week sale of an especially created "donut" that was sold in all area Tim Horton's to raise funds for the "Our Bears Belong in Buffalo campaign.
Buffalo Zoo Welcomes Baby Gorilla
Buffalo, N.Y. (Sept. 6 2013) – The Buffalo Zoo is celebrating the birth of a baby western
The baby was born on Wednesday, September 4 at 12:44 p.m. to first-time mother, 12-yearold Lily, and father, 26-year-old Koga. Lily has displayed strong maternal instincts and is taking great care of the troop’s latest addition. Keepers have not been able to get close enough to the baby to determine its gender, though they believe it is a girl. Both mother and baby are doing well.
During Lily’s pregnancy, the keeper staff at the Buffalo Zoo was able to monitor the baby’s growth using ultrasound technology. Lily had been trained to present her abdomen to keepers and remain calm during the ultrasound process, so she did not need to be anesthetized in order to obtain images of the fetus. The team worked with Bridget Gilewski, RT, RDMS of Baby’s Bungalow in North Tonawanda, who volunteered to assist with the ultrasound readings. The Buffalo Zoo is one of the only zoos to have successfully measured the development of a western lowland gorilla in utero. Their research is important to the study and husbandry of gorillas.
The baby will join the gorilla troop, including her parents as well as females Sydney and
Amari, in their exhibit daily. During this sensitive time, the gorillas will be given access to
their interior holding areas, should they desire more privacy. Visitors are advised that the
gorillas may not always be visible, but are encouraged to check back often! The gestation period of gorillas is eight and a half months. Gorillas begin walking when they are between three and six months of age, and are weaned around three years of age.
Western lowland gorillas are found in the lowland tropical forests of central Africa. The species is critically endangered due to loss of habitat as well as the bush meat trade.
Orphaned Polar Bear Cub Flies UPS to the Buffalo Zoo
Kali leaves the Alaska Zoo to join polar bear cub Luna at the Buffalo Zoo
With the assistance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Alaska Zoo, and UPS Kali, the polar bear cub rescued in March from the Point Lay area of Alaska, arrived at the Buffalo Zoo on May 15. Kali (pronounced Cully, the Inupiat name for Point Lay), a 65-pound cub, will join young female cub Luna where both cubs will benefit from each otherâ€s company. Under the care of Alaska Zoo staff Kali has adjusted well to his surroundings, more than tripling in size and weight
.“The Alaska Zoo has done a tremendous job of providing excellent, temporary care for Kali,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “I would like to personally thank the zoo for stepping up – at moment’s notice – to care for this cub. Now, as Kali leaves Alaska for his next short-term home, we are confident that the Buffalo Zoo will provide the best of care for Kali as the Service makes a final determination on a permanent home for the cub.”
On March 12, the Service received word that a female polar bear had been shot near Point Lay, Alaska. The adult female was accompanied by a cub, which was transferred first to the community of Point Lay, and then to the North Slope Borough’s Department of Wildlife Management in Barrow, Alaska. After the cub was examined and observed to be in good condition, the Service asked the Alaska Zoo to temporarily care for it. Alaska Airlines flew the cub to Anchorage where it was met by Service and Alaska Zoo staff.
“The Alaska Zoo is proud of its long history of partnering with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to provide a home for orphaned and abandoned wildlife,” said Alaska Zoo Director Pat Lampi. “The zoo’s staff has more than 100 years of direct staff experience in raising rescued polar bear cubs.”
Dubbed “Operation Kali,” Kali’s trip from Anchorage to Buffalo has been arranged and funded by M&T Bank, one of the Buffalo Zoo’s long-standing corporate sponsors. Kali will be accompanied by Alaska Zoo Executive Director Patrick Lampi and Zoo Curator Shannon Jensen along with Dr. Kurt Volle, a veterinarian with the Buffalo Zoo. Kali and crew will take off from Anchorage for Buffalo, New York, on a UPS 747- 400 jet on May 14 at 3:09 pm and will arrive in Buffalo on May 15 at 5:16 am after a short layover and plane change at Worldport, UPS’s international air hub in Louisville, Kentucky. On the Louisville to Buffalo leg, Kali will fly aboard a UPS 767, newly fitted with fuel-saving winglets. The 4,400-mile door-to-door time from the Alaska Zoo to the Buffalo Zoo is estimated at 14 hours. Kali’s crate will be the last item loaded on the plane and the first item unloaded
The veterinarian will check on the cub during the flight. Dr. Donna Fernandes, president of the Buffalo Zoo, will greet the Alaskan contingent upon arrival in Buffalo. The cubs will be exhibited together at the zoo once Kali reaches Buffalo.
“We are thrilled to receive Kali,” said Fernandes. “Recovery of orphaned cubs is one of the reasons we are building our new polar bear habitat, Arctic Edge. Both cubs will benefit immensely from the opportunity to play with one another to ensure that they learn to be bears and not become too attached to human caretakers.”
“As the Buffalo Zoo moves forward with its plans for a new world-class polar bear exhibit, we're excited to help bring Kali to Buffalo to join Luna, allowing our neighbors to enjoy learning more about these amazing animals,” said M&T Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Michele Trolli.
Kali’s journey from the Arctic coastal plain to the Alaska Zoo to the Buffalo Zoo is the result of collaboration among the people of Point Lay, the North Slope Borough, the North Slope Borough Police Department, the Alaska Zoo, Alaska Airlines, the Buffalo Zoo, M&T Bank, United Parcel Service, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Polar Bear Species Survival Plan® (SSP) management group and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
The Service will make a final determination on a permanent home for the polar bear cub based on consideration of multiple criteria, including staff experience and expertise, quality of facilities, and the age, sex and temperament of bears currently in the zoo’s collection. Zoos have been an important partner for the conservation of many species, and as climate change continues to threaten polar bear habitat the Service will work closely with the AZA, the Polar Bear SSP and zoos across the country to ensure the proper placement and care of any additional polar bear cubs that may need future care.
For more information about polar bear conservation, visit
Buffalo Zoo and Polar Bears International Present Paw of Approval Award to Natale Builders
Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 7 2013) – The Buffalo Zoo, in conjunction with Polar Bears International (PBI,) has awarded the 2013 Paw of Approval Award to Natale Builders.
On March 6, President and CEO of the Buffalo Zoo, Donna Fernandes, along with Polar Bears International (PBI) President and CEO, Robert W. Buchanan, presented the Paw of Approval Award to Angelo Natale of Natale Builders.
The Paw of Approval Award program was launched by PBI in 2010 to recognize
organizations making efforts to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions in their
The Buffalo Zoo and PBI are proud to recognize Natale Builders for their work in reducing carbon emissions here in Western New York. “We are so pleased that a local business is making such strides towards sustainability,” said Fernandes. Almost 95% of Natale Builders construction is green homes.
Natale Builders specialize in building unique custom homes in Western New York using the latest green and efficient building techniques. For more information, visit
Polar Bears International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its habitat through research, stewardship, and education. Visit their web site to learn more about their programs at
The Buffalo Zoo is part of PBI’s network of Arctic Ambassador Center Zoos. These centers focus on animal well-being and enrichment and also play a leadership role in stewardship of sustainability and carbon reduction efforts in their communities.
Help Keep Our Polar Bear in Buffalo!
Buffalo, N.Y. (Mar. 1 2013) – The Buffalo Zoo announced the next phase of fundraising for the new polar bear exhibit, and introduced a polar bear cub to the public.
The Buffalo Zoo has spent the past two years raising over $14 million of the $18 million needed to build a new entrance and polar bear exhibit. They are now asking residents of Western New York and the surrounding community to help raise the remaining $4 million required to build the exhibit and keep polar bears in Buffalo.
The Zoo also introduced a polar bear cub to the public for the first time. The Buffalo Zoo is one of only two zoos in North America to have polar bear births this year. The cub was born on November 27th to mother Anana, sired by Nanuq, and has been hand raised by the Zoo’s veterinary technician and keeper staff.
Though the cub is currently too small to go on exhibit for the public, she will be visible on a closed-circuit television in the Zoo’s M&T Bank Rainforest Falls Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. until 3.p.m. The Zoo will also post regular updates to their website and Facebook page.
The Zoo hopes that seeing the cub will encourage the Western New York community to make their polar pledge to the campaign, so that they can build the Arctic Edge exhibit and keep the cub in Buffalo.
Make your polar pledge today by texting zoobear to 56512, or CLICK HERE.
For more information about how to help, please call (716) 995-6131. For updates
about the polar bear cub, please visit buffalozoo.org, or the Zoo’s Facebook page at
The Buffalo Zoo wishes to thank Synacom Networks, Inc. for their assistance in making the video feed of the polar bear cub possible.