Toronto Zoo removes “Searik” definition from polar bear name contest

“We will be removing that meaning from our website.”


First, let me begin by apologizing for using an inaccurate information source for the meaning of the name Searik, which is one of six names proposed in a contest to name our new polar bear cub.

The source used for the meaning of the name Searik was clearly not accurate and it was certainly never our intention to offend anyone, as this is a time of celebration and excitement at the Toronto Zoo with the survival of this beautiful cub.

We were looking for a name to reflect this beauty but did not confirm its accuracy.

As a result of the information you provided in your story, we will be removing that meaning from our website.

Thank you again for bringing this to our attention, and please accept our sincere apologies for the error.

Jennifer Tracey
Senior Director, Marketing, Communications and Partnerships
Toronto Zoo

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