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Ulster Museum

Peter the Polar Bear

Window on Our World (Nature Zone).

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Peter the Polar Bear is one of the Ulster Museum's most popular exhibits.

Belfast Zoo bought Peter from Dublin Zoo in 1960. When he died in August 1972 the zoo gave his body to the Ulster Museum.

Peter was carefully prepared and mounted for display by the museum’s taxidermist Robert Davey and model maker Sam Anderson. He weighed over 360kg and is the largest animal ever mounted in Northern Ireland.

Polar bears are the world’s largest land predator. They feed mainly on seals and other Arctic marine mammals. The polar bear is facing serious challenges in their natural habitats. They need sea ice to hunt, but global warming has led to ice-free summers, drastically reducing the polar bears’ range.