Easter is upon us, which means more time to have fun. Top of my to-do-list this Easter would be going to Copenhagen Zoo’s new, larger and much improved facilities for polar bears and seals, The Arctic Ring, that is if I had not already been.
Ivan and Noél are almost dancing in the water, swirling and rolling around, weightless. You have to see it to believe how amazing it truly is to be this close, face to face with only a thick glass between you and these two highly dangerous, but cuddly, polar bears. And now you can, in the Zoo here in Copenhagen.
The much anticipated Arctic Ring in Copenhagen Zoo opened 5 February this year, and it is the first of its kind in Europe; where the audience can come face to face with the polar bears above and below the water surface. The facilities measure 3,200 square metres and consist of a large outdoor area where the large predators can play, dig and search for food on land, and a big indoor area, where you can watch them swim in a big pool that holds 1,900 cubic meters of salt water.
What is really unique is that above ground you are at the same eye level as them, instead of looking down upon them like one had to do before. Following a ramp going underground, you enter the North Atlantic. Walk through a glass tunnel that goes right through Ivan and Noél’s pool and watch them swim beside and above you. Indoors you will also find an exhibition on the life of polar bears, and you can experience a remake of the Northern Lights.
The Arctic Ring also houses seals and North Atlantic birds.
Thank you, Miss C (o: Read more from my amazing guest blogger Miss Copenhagen at www.misscph.com
Ps. On the blog tomorrow – famous Danish comedian Casper Christensen & Co:Miss Copenhagen’s Easter egg: The Arctic Ring,