Chicago zoo sets date for polar bear exhibit opening

FILE - In this June 15, 2014 file photo, a polar bear dries off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. About a third of the world's polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as soon as a decade, a U.S. government report shows. The U.S. Geological Survey, the Interior Department's research arm, said updated scientific models don't bode well for polar bear populations across the world, especially in Alaska, the only state in the nation with the white bears. (Brian Battaile/U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File)
FILE - In this June 15, 2014 file photo, a polar bear dries off after taking a swim in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. About a third of the world's polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as soon as a decade, a U.S. government report shows. The U.S. Geological Survey, the Interior Department's research arm, said updated scientific models don't bode well for polar bear populations across the world, especially in Alaska, the only state in the nation with the white bears. (Brian Battaile/U.S. Geological Survey via AP, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo has set an opening date for a new polar bear exhibit.

A statement from the zoo says the exhibit, named the Walter Family Arctic Tundra, will open to the public on Nov. 17.

The more than 11,000-square-foot exhibit features a stream, waterfall, dive pools and an ice machine.

The statement says the exhibit will also teach visitors about the impacts of climate change on the ice-dependent animal.

One male polar bear will inhabit the exhibit in time for the opening. Zoo officials expect to add a female bear this winter. With hopes of a successful mating program, the exhibit also includes a denning area for any potential cubs.

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