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Polar Bears

Help Our Polar Bears

What’s so cool about polar bears? Polar bears live in the Arctic, where the temperature is an average of 0°C (32°F) in summer and -34°C (-29°F) in winter – that’s really cold! How do they survive these harsh temperatures? A thick layer of fur, tough hide, and an insulating layer of body fat helps polar bears keep their body warm even in freezing temperatures. Polar bears are strong swimmers - scientists have tracked polar bears swimming continuously for 100 km (62 mi.)! They mostly feed on ringed and bearded seals, but will also eat other seal species, walruses, narwhals, beluga whales, whale carcasses, fish, reindeer, birds, eggs, berries and kelp. Even though polar bears are the largest land carnivores, they are threatened by changes in their sea ice habitat due to climate change.

 

 

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Reducing Your Footprint to Save Polar Bears

Polar bears have large paws compared to body size, reaching 30 cm (12 in.) in diameter - that’s the size of a dinner plate! But our own footprints, our carbon footprints that is, are contributing to global climate change which is resulting in changes to the sea ice where polar bears live. Polar Bears International is the world’s leading polar bear conservation group— dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their sea ice habitat. Working with partners like SeaWorld, Polar Bears International is conducting polar bear research, teaching people about polar bear conservation, and taking action to address the threat of climate change to polar bear habitats. You can help! By finding ways to save energy throughout your day, such as unplugging electronics you’re not using and taking shorter showers, you can reduce your carbon footprint and help protect polar bears from the threat of climate change. 

 

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