Manitoba park plans world-class polar bear exhibit
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As part of the Canadian government's efforts to preserve the habitats of the endangered polar bears of Manitoba, a brand-new, world-class exhibit is being built in Assinboine Park. Entitled Journey to Churchill, the centre will promote environmental sustainability and teach visitors about the measures that the province has taken to remedy the destruction of the Arctic.
The new polar bear initiative will include an Aurora Borealis 360-degree theatre, a motorized tour of the tundra, a rooftop garden, underwater viewing area and institution for academic research. The entire project, which is set to open in October 2013, will cost more than $31 million.
"This will be a unique, world-class centre offering tremendous learning opportunities and showcasing Manitobans’ concern for the environment, the Arctic and polar bears," said Premier Greg Selinger. "We are proud of the work done by the Assiniboine Park Conservancy in taking the exhibit and conservation centre from a great idea toward a great destination in Manitoba and the Assiniboine Park Zoo."