During the Christmas Season I have an inflatable of Santa Riding a Polar bear that lights up at night in my front yard. From my point of view, how can Santa have his elves at the north pole if all the polar Bears are dead or interbred with Grizzly Bears into Grolar Bears?
So, I thought celebrating Polar Bear Day would be a good thing!
Celebrating International Polar Bear DayIn October and November, many polar bears descend on Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, where they wait for Hudson Bay to freeze before heading out onto the ice to hunt for ringed seals. Tourism has flourished in the town as a result, with people flocking to see the charismatic white giants arrive. They’ve become such a draw that Churchill now bills itself as the Polar Bear Capital of the World. If the tourists are lucky, they may even spy a polar bear striking a perfect yoga pose, like our friend here. February 27 is International Polar Bear Day, an observance created to educate the public about this predator’s crucial role in its Arctic habitat, and the effects of melting polar ice on the polar bear’s future.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Polar bears.|
|Wikispecies has information related to Ursus maritimus|
- National Wildlife Federation's Polar Bear Page
- ARKive — images and movies of the polar bear (Ursus maritimus)
- Map of polar bear ranges and denning areas in Nunavut from Nunavut Planning Commission
- BBC Nature: Polar bear news, and video clips from BBC programmes past and present.
- Photos, facts, videos from Polar Bears International that funds population, preservation, and DNA studies of the polar bear
- Map: Here's where the polar bears are vanishing
Appearance. The polar bear is the largest member of the bear family, with the exception of Alaska's Kodiak brown bears, which equal polar bears in size.
The Inuit name for the polar bear is nanook.
Appearance. The polar bear is the largest member of the bear family, with the exception of Alaska's Kodiak brown bears, a brown bear subspecies, which equal polar bears in size.