Alaska Zoo polar bears make 2017 debut on new GCI webcam

March 17, 2017

Alaska telecom donates high-tech webcam to bring bears back online 

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Two of the Alaska Zoo’s fiercest and most beloved animals have been missing lately. Due to broken equipment, online fans of the Polar Bear Cam have missed out on the antics of Ahpun and Lyutyik, the zoo’s resident polar bears, for several months. 

To bring the polar bears back online for their fans across the globe, Alaska-based telecommunications company GCI donated a new AXC Network camera to the zoo. The new equipment offers considerably better resolution than the previous model and is built to withstand the rigors of Alaska winters so that it can run effectively year-round. 

“The Alaska Zoo is proud to be home to many sub-Arctic and Arctic animals like the polar bear,” said Alaska Zoo Executive Director Patrick Lampi. “The live Polar Bear Cam is very popular with zoo fans and is an important tool to teach the public about polar bear behavior. We are thankful to have GCI as a partner in this important part of our education program, which helps people in Alaska and around the world learn about important Arctic animals.” 

“GCI is glad to be able to support the good work being done at the Alaska Zoo,” said Dr. Pam Lloyd, VP of GCI Healthcare and Education. “We know the Alaska Zoo polar bears have fans across Alaska and around the globe. We hope that by providing live streaming through the Polar Bear Cam, the zoo can raise interest and awareness to help educate the public about these amazing animals.”  

The live Polar Bear Cam can now be viewed on

About GCI

GCI delivers communication and technology services in the consumer and business markets. Headquartered in Alaska with additional locations in the U.S., GCI has delivered services for more than 35 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at

About the Alaska Zoo

The Alaska Zoo is a nonprofit organization that has provided a home for orphaned, injured and captive-born animals for more than 45 years. Open year-round, the zoo is dedicated to promoting conservation of and Arctic and sub-Arctic species through education, research and community enrichment. Additional information on admission rates, history, animals and more is available at

Media contact

Heather Handyside, GCI