Winnipeg, February 26, 2016 – Today, Assiniboine Park Zoo and Coca-Cola Canada unveiled a one-of-a-kind polar bear sculpture of a mother bear and her cub that will now make its permanent home in the main entrance of the Zoo at 2595 Roblin Blvd. 

Designed by Inuit artist Idris Moss Davies, the statue was donated by Coca-Cola in recognition of the Zoo’s commitment to Canada’s iconic polar bear and its conservation efforts. The 6-foot-tall structure is encased in glass and includes an interactive coin box that will collect donations in support of the Zoo’s Polar Bear Rescue Team.

“We’re very pleased to accept this statue and have it as a permanent fixture here at the Assiniboine Park Zoo,” said Margaret Redmond, President and CEO of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. “Not only is it a beautiful work of art, but it will help us raise awareness about polar bear conservation and engage our visitors to support the cause.”

“Polar bears are near and dear to our hearts at Coca-Cola,” said Bill Schultz, President of Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada. “As part of our support for the Canadian Arctic and our continued commitment to polar bear conservation, we are proud to donate this statue to the Assiniboine Park Zoo.”

Visitors coming to the Assiniboine Park Zoo can see the statue inside the main entrance and can participate in the ‘Race to Save the Species’ coin collection box that will raise funds for the Zoo’s Polar Bear Rescue Team and the ongoing care of the rescued polar bears that now call the Zoo home.

About the Polar Bear Rescue Team

Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Polar Bear Rescue Team is a group of animal care professionals consisting of veterinary staff, animal husbandry experts and conservation scientists that are called to action by Manitoba Conservation & Water Stewardship when there are polar bear cubs in need of rescue. Learn more.

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About Coca-Cola in Canada

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For information and interview requests, please contact:

Laura Curtis, APC Manager, Marketing & Communications
Office: 204-927-6057, Cell: 204-793-4316
lcurtis@assiniboinepark.ca 


Ron Soreanu, Director, Public Affairs & Communications
Coca-Cola Ltd.
Cell: 647-881-4749
rsoreanu@coca-cola.com