Polar Bears International

The polar bear at Jenkinson’s Aquarium braved the heat on Arctic Sea Ice Day. Jenkinson’s Aquarium was one of many PBI Arctic Ambassador Centers that helped raise awareness of the importance of Arctic sea ice.

© © Jenkinsons Aquarium

7/27/2016 2:00:27 PM

Wednesday Shout Out {Arctic Sea Ice Day Participation}

Bear hugs and a big shout out to PBI's Arctic Ambassador Centers and zoo partners that participated in this year's Arctic Sea Ice Day on July 15.

We created Arctic Sea Ice Day to call attention to sea ice losses in the Arctic and how we can help. 

We chose July 15 because the breakup on Western Hudson Bay was historically in mid-July, with considerable natural fluctuation between years. Now the breakup is over three weeks earlier, on average, than it was in the 1980s. This has an impact on polar bears, other wildlife, and people too.

A number of hard-working zoo professionals helped us raise awareness about the importance of Arctic sea ice and how we each can help conserve it through social media, events, and webcasts.

We are highlighting a few of those involved below:

  • Alaska Zoo: Offered targeted distance learning programs live from their polar bear exhibit.
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Polar bear Nora received a visit from the U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic, Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., and Kare Aas, the Norwegian ambassador to the United States in honor of Arctic Sea Ice Day.
  • Como Park Zoo and & Conservatory: Celebrated with "Project Passport," a day of activities including an interpretive table exploring Arctic animal adaptations, Inuit jumping games, crafts, and information on home energy savings.
  • Edmonton Valley Zoo: Hosted activities including a "Save Our Sea Ice Selfie Station," Arctic crafts, science experiments, and more.
  • Indianapolis Zoo: Proved you don't need a polar bear to participate: lots of other Arctic species, including walruses, need sea ice, too. The zoo reminded visitors that while individual animals, like their walrus, Pakak, can be saved, it takes all of us reducing our carbon footprints to conserve the Arctic and its species.
  • Jenkinson's Aquarium: Shared the message via an exhibit on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore, complete with a polar bear skull and a simulation of sea ice melting beneath the feet of toy polar bears.
  • SeaWorld San Diego: Honored the day with a live Facebook talk and training session hosted by their walrus keeper, who talked about the importance of sea ice to walruses.

Many other organizations and individuals deserve a shout out for their participation, too, including:

  • American Association of Zookeepers
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums
  • European Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • PBI ambassadors and alumni who shared their activities and our social media content on their personal networks.

Together, we can sustain a future for polar bears and other wildlife-and improve conditions for people too.

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