Brookfield Zoo polar bears arrive in Tennessee - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Brookfield Zoo polar bears arrive in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Two polar bears from a suburban Chicago zoo have arrived safely at their new home in Tennessee.

The bears were shipped by plane today from Brookfield Zoo to the Memphis Zoo.

Two-year-old Payton and three-year-old Haley from Brookfield will join a four-year-old bear named Cranbeary from Denver in a breeding program at the Tennessee zoo.

A spokeswoman for Brookfield says the zoos hope the bears will produce offspring after they reach sexual maturity at age five or six.

The polar bears will live in a new $23 million exhibit called "Northwest Passage" that's scheduled to launch in March for the Memphis Zoo's 100th anniversary celebration.

The transfer was arranged by the Species Survival Plan of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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