Arctic-born, AK-raised: The 18-year-old, 700-pound female polar bear has been raised with love by the Alaska Zoo since being orphaned near Point Lay, Alaska, at just three months old.

Large and in charge: As acting animal president of the Alaska Zoo, Ahpun has shown strong leadership and personally overseen several developments at the zoo, including the Polar Bear Project. Ahpun is up for re-election this year, and is in a tight race with three opponents: Denali the gray wolf, George the magpie and Knobby the Bactrian camel.

Polar pride: An ambassador for her species and true Alaskan, Ahpun enjoys playing in fresh snow, afternoon snoozes and tasty Alaska catches.

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