Polar Bear Awareness Day is one of the Animal Conservation Days hosted by your Zoo. The intent of this event, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday (May 4) is to educate our visitors on the challenges polar bears now face in the wild and what is being done to protect them.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the polar bear as a vulnerable species and cites loss of polar sea ice and pollution as the primary reasons for concern. Human factors such as shipping, poaching and development of oil and gas industries also pose threats to the species. Learn about the actions you can take, both big and small, to assist this majestic creature’s survival.
This event also showcases our resident polar bears, Aurora and Zero. The couple remain perennial favorites with the Zoo’s visitors and staff. They resides in the Rocky Coasts section of the Zoo, where you may watch from our indoor, underwater viewing area, or from outside the perimeter of the bears’ enclosure. Whether they are swimming or sunning on the rocks, you are sure to be mesmerized by these beautiful, intelligent creatures.
The Polar Bear Awareness Day schedule is as follows:
11 a.m.: Polar Bear Feeding
Noon: Polar Bear Enrichment
1:30 p.m.: Polar Bear International presentation by Assistant Curator Kara Masaschi in the Rocky Coasts Gallery
2:30 p.m.: Polar Bear Feeding
Our docent staff will be available to answer questions and oversee touch table stations and activities. A painting done by one of the polar bears will be raffled at the event, too. We hope to see you here for a fun-filled day with an important purpose! This event is free with Zoo admission.
– Michele Schepisi-Ritchie, Office Assistant