Polar Bears in Zoos

Quality zoos and aquariums provide the polar bears in their care with enrichment items and activities, helping to keep them healthy, curious, and active. Details...
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Well-run modern zoos and aquariums have come a long way from the concrete cages of the past, housing polar bears in well-designed exhibits that include rushing waterfalls, chilled pools stocked with fish, enormous swimming pools, and gravel pits where the bears can dig.

These zoos also offer enrichment activities designed to encourage the expression of natural behaviors and play. Such activities are good for the bears—keeping them engaged and healthy.

Quality zoos and aquariums also play a role in polar bear conservation by:

  • Educating and inspiring the public to take action on climate change
  • Providing homes for orphaned cubs
  • Taking part in key research studies that would be impossible to conduct with wild bears 
  • Helping to ensure genetic diversity

PBI partners with a network of Arctic Ambassador Center zoos, aquariums, and museums. These centers take leadership roles in their communities to reduce carbon emissions. Learn about their accomplishments here.

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