© Craig Taylor
1/9/2017 1:25:59 AM
SeaWorld Funds Polar Bear Study
Polar Bears International wishes to thank the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund for their recent award of $15,000 to support research to collect baseline information for long-term population monitoring.
“The research is being conducted in partnership with the University of Alberta,” said PBI Senior Director of Conservation Geoff York. “It will provide insights into how changing sea ice conditions may impact different demographics within the Western Hudson Bay population in Canada."
The project will examine the detailed use of sea ice habitats by male polar bears during the prime hunting and feeding period using a combination of satellite telemetry, detailed tracking of individual bears, and remote sensing images of sea ice. A better understanding of how polar bears are responding to changes in the Hudson Bay ecosystem will lead to more effective conservation measures.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund was created to raise support for grassroots conservation projects that are truly making a difference. The fund supports a wide range of programs, from reintroducing cheetah to their native ranges in Namibia, to hiring guards to protect elephants from poachers, to saving sea turtle nests along the coasts of Central America from feral animals, to cleaning up North American beaches littered with marine debris.
The fund awards over $1 million a year in conservation grants focused on animal rescue and rehabilitation, conservation education, habitat protection, and species research. Since it was created, it has given $14 million in conservation grants.
We appreciate this critical support from the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund for studying wild polar bears in the Arctic and supporting conservation efforts.