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Project Description

Polar Bear Protection

Polar Bears International

Established in 1994

Mission Statement:  Polar Bears International’s mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. Through media, science, and advocacy, Polar Bears International works to inspire people to care about the Arctic, the threats to its future, and the connection between this remote region and our global climate.

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Impacts & Achievements:

Some of the highlights

CEO Salary: 5.65% of expenses

  • Funded a study that confirmed that polar bear’s whisker-spot patterns serve as a reliable IDS, supporting behavioral and population studies.

  • Funded a study that found the right formula to help nourish young polar bears in captivity that replaces nutrients found in the wild.

  • Conducted a ground-breaking study about repetitive behavior in polar bears living in zoos and ways how to change it.

    • As a result, some zoos have reduced pacing and other stereotypic behavior by 95%.

  • Hosted more than 50 speakers from around the world at the International Polar Bear Husbandry Conference as a way to bring together experts from the zoo and wild bear communities.

  • Produced a comprehensive manual on the nutritional needs of captive polar bears.

  • Conducted a study that garnered important information about polar bear reproductive cycles.

Featured Programs:

How Polar Bears International is making a difference

Tundra Connections

Each fall, Polar Bears International conducts live, free broadcasts from the tundra during the annual polar bear migration in Churchill. Viewers can watch and interact with world-renowned scientists and educators as arctic winds shake the buggies and polar bears prowl outside.

Planting Trees for Polar Bears

Polar Bears International supports different tree-planting initiatives to help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Warming temperatures are the single greatest threat to polar bear habitat, and less carbon dioxide means less global warming.

Polar Bear Studies

Polar Bear International runs several studies, including population studies, maternal den studies, satellite and drone studies, sensory studies, cortisol studies, and energetic studies. Results from these studies help indicate signs resulting in improved research dedicated to understanding and protecting polar bear lives.

Leadership Camps

Polar Bears International Leadership Camps are for motivated individuals who wish to advocate for conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Attendees observe polar bears in the wild and learn about climate change first-hand from experts while aboard mobile classrooms on the tundra near Churchill, Manitoba.

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