Nikita the polar bear joins NC Zoo

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The North Carolina Zoo has gained another addition just in time for the winter season.

Wednesday night 9-year-old male polar bear, Nikita, was safely relocated to Asheboro from the Kansas City Zoo.

Nikita will join 16-year-old female polar bear Anana on exhibit at the N.C. Zoo. 

The N.C. Zoo says Nikita will first visit the zoo's polar bear holding quarters so zookeepers can see how he does with his new surroundings before he came put into the exhibit.

“We are honored and thrilled that our Zoo was chosen to be Nikita’s new home,” said Pat Simmons, Director of the North Carolina Zoo. “Hopefully, we can breed Anana and Nikita. Our polar bear habitat is designed to maximize the chance of breeding Nikita and Anana. Polar bears tend to breed in the winter, so Nikita’s arrival is perfect timing.”

Nikita was born at the Toledo Zoo and arrived in Kansas City when he was 3. Anana has been at the North Carolina Zoo since September 2014.