We love his name, we love his shows, and we love his support of polar bear conservation. 

Polar Bears International is pleased to announce a grant awarded by television host Bear Grylls. His generous gift will support efforts to reduce human-bear conflict in Churchill, Manitoba, with a goal of keeping polar bears and people safe.

Bear Grylls is one of the most recognized faces in the survival and outdoor adventure entertainment world. Through series like Man vs. WildYou vs. Wild, and the upcoming Netflix series, Animals on the Loose, he has traveled to every corner of the planet witnessing the impact of climate change first hand.

“Stabilizing our climate is one of the most important challenges humanity faces,” he said in awarding the grant. “I have three sons of my own, so for me, failure is not an option. I am particularly concerned about the future of polar bears and want to make sure that my children and their children will have the opportunity to see wild polar bears for themselves—and not through the pages of history books.”  

Polar Bears International will use this grant to help develop safety materials for visitors to the Churchill area, as well as provide bear-safety tools to the community and area wildlife managers. In addition, the funds will help us further explore technology that will help warn community members of approaching polar bears. 

“While the name Bear Grylls has become synonymous with adventure television, some people may not know that he has spent his life in service to others. We feel extremely grateful that he has joined our cause to reduce conflict with polar bears and help raise awareness of the ongoing climate crisis,” said Krista Wright, executive director of Polar Bears International. “Bear has a sincere passion for preserving species in danger of extinction. We cannot think of a better spokesperson for our efforts.”

Polar Bears International would like to thank Bear Grylls for his enthusiasm for adventure, and his tireless efforts to educate others about the importance of protecting our natural world. To find out about Bear’s latest projects, follow him on his website.