Care Guidelines for Polar Bears

Nutrition Guidelines. In 2004 at the International Polar Bear Husbandry Conference in San Diego California, it became to the participants that they needed to devise polar bear nutrition guidelines. PBI offered to help nutritionists, managers, keepers, and veterinarians representing the AZA Bear Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) and the AZA Polar Bear Species Survival Plan (SSP) produce them. The group met four times over a period of a year to outline all questions and areas of concern.

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AZA Animal Care Manual for Polar Bears. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has published regulations for the care of polar bears in zoos and aquariums based on the current art and science of animal management. The intent is to identify best practices that positively influence and maximize the welfare of polar bears.

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