Home / Environment / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
Nanjing Rolls out the White Carpet for Polar Animals
Adjust font size:

They're coming from the North Pole, and it has nothing to do with Christmas or who's been naughty and nice.


With six months of construction completed, the polar aquarium is ready to open next Thursday at Nanjing Underwater World, giving visitors a chance to meet new animal friends.


Most of the new residents are from the northern polar region polar bears, northern sea lions, northern fur seals, Arctic reindeer, Arctic foxes, Arctic hares and ferrets. But there will also be southern sea lions and emperor penguins from the frigid south, as well.


"We have built the polar aquarium to add variety to the existing sea aquarium and dolphin aquarium, which will assist in popular science education for school kids and provide more fun for visitors," said a manager of Nanjing Underwater World, who declined to give his name.


Since the attraction opened in 2000, it has received tens of thousands of visitors each year, many of them are groups of eager elementary and middle school students.


It is now one of the three most popular science education sites in China.


Nanjing Underwater World began building the 80 million yuan (US$10.3 million) polar aquarium in June.


When asked about the price tag, the manager explained that creating the right environment for the animals is costly because it must be the same in detail as that in the extreme latitudes.


"To make Nanjing seem like the North Pole, both in temperature and environment, we need high technology to install facilities such as a water circulation system, a temperature control system and a ventilation system," said the manager.


The color scheme is easy enough. To be authentic, there are only two white and blue.


And the animals themselves aren't cheap, either. Most of them were imported from Russia, with some from South America, and others are being brought in on short-term loan from other polar aquariums in the country.


"I am very glad we'll finally have a polar bear in our aquarium because I've never personally seen a polar bear," said Zhen Yurong, Nanjing Underwater World's polar bear keeper.


He added that although they weigh 500 kilograms, polar bears are such lovely animals that all the keepers wanted to care for the new resident.


Zhen knew he would have to work long hours at the outset to cater to the bear's needs and to get to know its temperament as quickly as possible.


At 1.2 meters tall, the emperor penguins of Antarctica aren't as big as polar bears, but those at Nanjing Underworld World will be special in their own way.


"We are extremely happy and proud," said Wu Xuandong, another keeper, "because we will have all six of the emperor penguins in China here."


In a country where emperors ruled for centuries, that's a status close to royal.


(China Daily January 26, 2007)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Pet Name

China Archives
Related >>
- Toothbrush Gives Sea Lion Winning Smile
- Sea Lions Face Language Barrier
- Search on for Purloined Sea Lion
Most Viewed >>
Air Quality 
Cities Major Pollutant Air Quality Level
Beijing particulate matter II
Shanghai particulate matter III1
Guangzhou sulfur dioxide II
Chongqing particulate matter III2
Xi'an particulate matter III1
Most Read
- White paper on energy
- Endangered monkeys grow in number
- Yangtze River's Three Gorges 2 mln years in the making
- The authorities sets sights on polluted soil
- China, US benefit from clean energy
NGO Events Calendar Tips
- Hand in hand to protect endangered animals and plants
- Changchun, Mini-marathon Aimed at Protecting Siberian Tiger
- Water Walk by Nature University
- Green Earth Documentary Salon
- Prof. Maria E. Fernandez to Give a Lecture on Climate Change
UN meets on climate change
The UN Climate Change Conference brought together representatives of over 180 countries and observers from various organizations.
Panda Facts
A record 28 panda cubs born via artificial insemination have survived in 2006.
South China Karst
Rich and unique karst landforms located in south China display exceptional natural beauty.
Saving the Tibetan Antelopes
The rare animals survive in the harsh natural environment of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
Laws & Regulations
- Forestry Law of the People's Republic of China
- Meteorology Law of the People's Republic of China
- Fire Control Law of the People's Republic of China
- Law on Protecting Against and Mitigating Earthquake Disasters
- Law of the People's Republic of China on Conserving Energy
State Environmental Protection Administration
Ministry of Water Resources
Ministry of Land and Resources
China Environmental Industry Network
Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base