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One lucky winner will be given the opportunity to meet and name the UK’s youngest polar bear at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park, after a prize draw was launched today (3 March) to help build Scotland’s Wildlife Discovery Centre.  

Every donation made to the draw will be doubled thanks to one of the wildlife conservation charity’s generous supporters, with the winner helping keepers choose the perfect name for the three-month-old male cub. 

Keith Gilchrist, animal collection manager at Highland Wildlife Park, said, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we are so excited to collaborate with the prize draw winner to name our adorable little bear.  

“Our expert keepers will devise a list of names for the winner to pick from and later they will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the park and meet our newest arrival with his mum Victoria. Then, along with three loved ones, they can experience an unforgettable two-night stay at Macdonald Aviemore Resort. 

“Like all the animals in our care, our polar bears play an important role in attracting and engaging thousands of visitors each year. That is why we are asking the public to support our prize draw and help build Scotland’s Wildlife Discovery Centre, which will allow our charity to connect even more people with nature and enable visitors and communities to protect endangered animals.” 

Made up of three hubs, Scotland’s Wildlife Discovery Centre will feature immersive experiences and digital technology to challenge visitors, inspire action and encourage learning. Innovative spaces will give people the opportunity to find out about Scotland’s wildlife heritage and how they can help with our conservation projects to save native species like the wildcat, while creating a hub for local communities. 

Find out more about the prize draw and enter for just £5 at Entries close 17 March. 

Scotland’s Wildlife Discovery Centre will cost £5.6 million in total and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, intentions to award from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund, led by NatureScot and supported by the European Development Fund (ERDF), and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, as well as players of People's Postcode Lottery and SSE Renewables. 

Public viewing is still closed to give Victoria and her youngster lots of peace and quiet. In a few weeks, the cub will be introduced to his large outdoor enclosure, where the public will be able to try and spot him.