Nina, the last resident polar bear at Bristol Zoo

Veterinary Anatomy Museum

Polar bear skeleton

Nina the polar bear was brought to Bristol Zoo from Copenhagen Zoo in 1964, to partner polar bear Sebastian. In the early 1980s Sebastian died and was replaced by Misha, a Russian circus bear. Misha and Nina both lived into their thirties, a very good age for captive Polar Bears, but sadly both had to be put to sleep in 1992. The post-mortems were carried out at the University’s Veterinary School at Langford and the bones were subsequently sent to the Department of Anatomy for reconstructive work. Nina’s skeleton is now on display at the Pre-Clinical Veterinary School on Southwell Street.

  • Photographer: Dave Newbury
  • Copyright: University of Bristol
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