Hellabrunn's polar bear cub now has a name: Quintana
Finally, she has a name! On Thursday, 24 March 2017, a naming ceremony was held for Hellabrunn's female cub where she was given the name Quintana. To celebrate the occasion, her appointed godfather, ProSieben presenter Stefan Gödde, gave her a delicious name-giving present in the form of an ice cake – a block of ice filled with fruit and fish. Quintana is the ambassador of the ProSieben sustainability brand "Green Seven: Save the Ice".
Four months have passed since the birth of the little polar bear girl, and since emerging from the mothering den with mum Giovanna four weeks ago she has captivated the hearts of visitors. Now the baby girl has finally been given a name: the name overwhelmingly chosen both in a ProSieben online vote and paper ballot at the zoo is Quintana.
Around 90,000 votes were submitted over a period of three weeks by ProSieben viewers and polar bear fans online as well as via paper ballot at the zoo. After an initial neck-and-neck race, Quintana eventually prevailed with 48% of the votes over Queenie (24%). Quintana is the third child of dad Yoghi and mum Giovanna, who previously produced the twins Nela and Nobby.
For the naming ceremony on Thursday morning, her godfather, the ProSieben presenter Stefan Gödde, was personally on hand to help with the decoration of the tundra enclosure. In addition to a delicious ice cake, Quintana also received toys from her godfather: green pylons to play with.
Stefan Gödde is clearly thrilled to be a godparent: "I am the proud godfather of Quintana! We could not have wished for a better ambassador for 'Green Seven: Save the Ice'. I am looking forward to accompanying the little one as she grows," says the presenter.
Zoo director, Rasem Baban, is equally delighted that little Quintana will play an important role in the Green Seven campaign as an ambassador for her endangered fellow species in the wild: "With the new education programme around the polar bear enclosure, we can now offer every visitor that visits Quintana an opportunity to learn more about polar bears and their habitat in the North Pole region," says Baban. "One of the core missions of the zoo is to raise awareness among visitors of the threat to biodiversity and to show them how important it is to preserve this wonderful plant." The zoo has also been working with the organisation Polar Bears International for many years to support the protection and research of polar bears in the Arctic, and to raise awareness of the plight of the endangered species. The zoo shops at Hellabrunn make a special contribution to this campaign: for each polar bear article sold, the shops donate € 1 to Polar Bears International.
ProSieben is the official sponsor of Quintana, under its sustainability brand Green Seven. This summer, the television station will dedicate one day to raising awareness for its "Green Seven: Save The Ice" campaign. The highlight of the day's programming will be a compelling documentary on the increasingly shrinking natural habitat of the polar bear.
Visitors can see Giovanna and Quintana at Hellabrunn’s Polar World, which is open to the public daily. The bears are allowed to roam the zoo's tundra until about 4:30 pm. Mum and cub are however able to retreat indoors at any time, where they are no longer on view. Those who would like to follow Quintana's development at the zoo from the comfort of their home can watch live footage streamed directly from the Polar World from 10 am to 4 pm daily at www.prosieben.de/tv/greenseven/save-the-ice/livestream.