NZP Receives Polar Bear Cub

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Summary

The National Zoological Park receives a six month old female polar bear cub, which had been captured in Alaska by the Fish and Wildlife Service and was flown to Washington by television station WMAL, who conducted a contest to name it. WMAL volunteered to have the cub flown to the Zoo, which was unable to finance the air transportation because of its having to absorb the Wage Board's increase in salaries. Five year old Desha DeVor of Takoma Park, Md. proposed the name "Snowstar," which won her family a trip to Alaska.

Subject

National Zoological Park (U.S.)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Torch, August 1959, p. 6.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

June, 1959

Topic

  • Animals
  • Gifts

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