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International Polar Bear Day

Peter is an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer with over 50 years work within zoos.

International Polar Bear Day

International Polar Bear Day takes place on the 27th February each year. This is a day for you to give a little thought to the world’s largest land carnivore, an animal that can stand ten foot tall and weigh as much as 1,500 pounds. Polar Bears are popular, they are a creature that most people are familiar with and one of the most visited of animals in a zoo which holds them.

The Polar Bear doesn’t give us any problems. It lives in the frozen north of our planet and feeds mainly on seals which it catches with cunning and stealth. Sadly though, the Polar Bear is in trouble, the ice is melting, their home is shrinking and it is our fault.

Take a look at Alaska on a world map. It is big isn’t it? Take a look at Texas? Big too? Huge! Add them together and add some and this gives you an idea of the amount of Arctic ice lost in the summer. It wasn’t always like that. In 2008 a mother Polar Bear and her cub entered the sea to swim to the next ice floe. It had always been there, she knew that. Only it wasn’t any longer. She swam for 426 miles before she climbed out of the water again. Her cub drowned on the journey. It is man which has started the cycle of Global Warming. The bear is sending us a Polar Warning about climate change and we are foolish to ignore it. We, all of us, need to change the way we treat our Planet. Reducing CO2 would be the biggest step.

Did you know that a group of Polar Bears is called a 'Celebration'? Learn more about Polar Bears in: Interesting Facts About Polar Bears

Let us celebrate Polar Bears on International Polar Bear Day.

Polar Pose


Help Polar Bear Awareness

We should share this message on International Polar Bear Day. We need to spread the word via Facebook, Twitter and Email. Send a Polar Bear Card, donate money to a Polar Bear Charity, adopt a Polar Bear. Buy a Polar Bear gift for a friend. Plant a tree, plant a forest. Why not take a trip and see a real Polar Bear, either in a reputable zoo or a real one in the wild. Become involved in conservation. People need to be aware of the Polar Bear. Let your local school know a month before. Get kids involved. What about your local zoo? Even if they don’t keep Polar Bears they can play their part too. Being aware means understanding the problems which our planet is facing today.

Put the date in your diary. Put a note on your next year’s calendar. Don’t Forget. The problems which affect one species on this planet will eventually affect us all. Remember the Polar Bear.


Polar Bear At Home



Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on May 09, 2011:

Hello, hello, - Thank you

Hello, hello, from London, UK on May 09, 2011:

Super hub and super idea, Peter.

Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on May 05, 2011:

feenix - Sadly our planet is in a mess and getting messier. I cannot see things changing. Many people blame China saying they should not have this or that whilst sitting smugly in the West and in comfort and owning the very things they reckon the Chinese should not have. And China have restricted family size...! And the real problem for our planet is too many human greed of course and every country has a part to play in that.

feenix on May 05, 2011:

Peter, not only is this a well-written, informative hub, it provides a very important public service. It brought to mind that more of us need to speak up concerning the damage that is being done to our planet.

Peter Dickinson (author) from South East Asia on May 03, 2011:

Thank you Eiddwen

Eiddwen from Wales on May 03, 2011:

A beautiful hub on these beautiful animals.

Thank you so much more sharing.

Take care


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