Polar bear pregnancies are complex and unique. They’re one of only a few animals that mate and then become pregnant months later due to something called delayed implantation. As the polar bear population continues to decline biologists are turning to artificial insemination in the hopes of bolstering their numbers and learning more about how to advance their chances of birthing cubs. On this edition of Off Exhibit we talk with Polar Bear Watch Area Manager Amy Demchak to learn more about the new effort to help polar bears become pregnant. Plus, discover more about the Zoo’s own female polar bear, Anoki, who became the 5th polar bear to receive artificial insemination this year. Find out what it means for the science of conserving these threatened bears and why it means you likely won’t see Anoki on exhibit this upcoming winter season at the Zoo.
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Off Exhibit is a podcast featuring in-depth discussions with animal professionals and wildlife experts from behind-the-scenes at the Maryland Zoo. Subscribe via iTunes, Android, or RSS. New episodes uploaded on Wednesdays.