Polar Bears International

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Zoos and Aquariums

Enriched captive environments can play a helpful role in global conservation efforts.

Most modern zoos and aquariums have come a long way from the concrete cages of the past. Today's zoos house polar bears in well-designed exhibits that include rushing waterfalls, chilled pools stocked with fish, enormous swimming pools, shallow streams, and natural substrates like grass, mulch, and gravel pits where bears can dig.

Partners in conservation

They help polar bear conservation by:

  • Educating and inspiring the public to take action on climate change—through their websites, on-ground messaging, and community activities and lectures
  • Providing homes for orphaned cubs
  • Taking part in key research studies that would be otherwise impossible to conduct with wild bears, often through positive-reinforcement training
  • Helping to develop the next generation of conservation advocates through youth programs

Enriched Activities

Most modern zoos and aquariums, including those in our network, have come a long way from the concrete cages of the past. Today's zoos house polar bears in well-designed exhibits that include rushing waterfalls, chilled pools stocked with fish, enormous swimming pools, shallow streams, and natural substrates like grass, mulch, and gravel pits where bears can dig.

They offer enrichment activities designed to encourage the expression of natural behaviors, provide cognitive challenges, and stimulate play.

These activities are good for the bears, keeping them engaged and healthy. Positive reinforcement training provides opportunities for animals to participate in health care—allowing visual exams, eye drops, voluntary vaccination injections, and even blood sampling without anesthesia so zoo vets can monitor their health without unnecessary stress.

Bear Tracker

Watch polar bears as they travel across the sea ice to hunt seals.

Check out Bear Tracker

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Polar Bear FAQ

We answer the most frequently asked polar bear questions.

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Climate Change

A threat to polar bears and the sea ice they depend on.

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