You’ve seen her in The Buffalo News. You’ve even seen her on local and network television news shows.
Starting today, visitors to the Buffalo Zoo will be able to get an in-person look at the polar bear cub that was born in November.
Visitors will be able to view the now-famous cub, nicknamed Luna, during limited viewing hours every day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the exotic domestic animals exhibit near the main entrance.
The cub’s keepers have determined that she is now big enough to be outside on exhibit for a short time. They will continue to observe her progress and extend her time outside as she develops.
Zoo staff expects plenty of interest in Luna’s debut.
“Since we announced her on the first [of March], we’ve heard from people via our Facebook page and in phone calls wanting to know when she’s going to be out in public for people to see,” said zoo spokeswoman Rachel Gottlieb.
To get Luna acclimated to the outdoors, zookeepers have been spending time with the cub each morning in the exhibit space prior to the zoo’s opening, Gottlieb said.
The cuddly cub, born last November, has helped spur contributions to the campaign for a new polar bear exhibit at the zoo, which is seeking $4 million in donations for the $14 million project.
The zoo will continue to display a live video feed of the cub on a closed-circuit television in the M&T Bank Rainforest Falls exhibit from 1 until 3 p.m. until further notice.
The cub’s schedule is subject to change, so any visitors who are interested in seeing her should call the zoo at 837-3900 to confirm when she will be on exhibit or on view via video feed.
The zoo also will continue to post regular updates on its Facebook page, Facebook.com/BuffaloZoo.