4/16/2014 2:49:37 PM

Do Polar Bears Play? Join us for an Earth Day Webcast for Insights into Polar Bear Behavior

April 16, 2014  -  Two polar bears from the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory will take part in a live Tundra Connections webcast on April 22nd hosted by Polar Bears International, the world's leading polar bear conservation group. The free Earth Day event will air at 1 p.m. CT and will explore the topic of polar bear behavior, including play.

During the broadcast, two keepers will work with the bears at the Como Park Zoo's training wall. This will give the resident bears, Buzz and Neil, a chance to show off their skills.

"Polar bears are very intelligent animals that are known for their playful behavior," says Leah Knickerbocker of PBI, the program moderator. "The hangout will give us the chance to share information on what that behavior means and what we can learn from watching polar bears play."

In addition to Knickerbocker, panelists include Julie Yarrington, a keeper at the Como Zoo, and Megan Owen, a research scientist with San Diego Zoo Global. As the keepers work with the bears at the training wall, they will provide perspectives on the behaviors seen and talk about why polar bears play.

The webcast is aimed at grades 4-8 and a general audience. Viewers will be able to submit questions during the broadcast and have them answered in real time.

There are two ways to join the event. Participants can register and watch it on Google+. Or they can register via the PBI website and watch the hangout there.

The Como Park Zoo was selected to take part in the webcast because it is a member of PBI's Arctic Ambassador Center network, which includes more than 40 leading zoos, aquariums, and museums. These centers play a leadership role in their communities in educating the public about climate change and motivating action.

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