The Arctic Circle
The zoological garden in Copenhagen continues last years’ positive tendency of shaping both optimal and interesting environments for both animals and visitors. The next new attraction is ready to be opened on February 4th – the Nordic Circle. The project has undergone constant development the last three years and is going to be the new environment for the most popular animal, the ice bear.
It is a monetary gift from A.P. Møller in the amount of 150 million Danish kroner, the largest donation during the 150 years long history of the zoological garden. Only because of this donation the building of the new area has been made possible. The Arctic Cycle is going to be the entrance to the Nordic part of the garden, and there is also going to be space for seals in addition to the ice bears. For bird species from the North Atlantic there will be a Faroese mountain.
A visit to the Nordic Circle is like visiting another planet. The first step gives you a astonishing view over an Arctic coast line, which resembles Greenland in summer. The special part of this is that we are going to be on the same height level as the 600 kg heavy animals, whereas we are used to seeing them from above.
The tour continues down a ramp to the actual Polar Sea, where the visitors get insight into the ice bears’ life under water. After this, there is a tunnel with water all around it to immerse you into the ice bears’ world. You are going to be very close them and if you are lucky, you can also see some seals swimming their rounds.
The next stop is the breath-taking North Atlantic bird mountain in the middle of the new area. It is formed as a high cliff, where birds reside and from where they start hunting for prey. There is 2.400 cubic metres of water in the water basins of the Arctic Circle.
Keeping the ice bears up and going is an important part of the redevelopment, in order to provide them with an environment that resembles their natural one as much as possible. Via modern and activating information systems, the visitors will receive actual information on the garden’s biological research that is happening in North-Eastern Greenland at this very point in time.