On October 4th, the world celebrates World Animal Day, a day for humanity to give back and honour animals around the world. You can do this in a number of different ways:
- Check out events that might be happening near you, there is a list here on their website,
- Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
- Adopt and re-home a new pet
- Raise awareness for your favourite animal
- Treat your pet to a day of adventure and love
- Donate to an animal welfare organisation that is close to your heart
- You can add your pledge to World Animal Day's Pledge board!
Why are Polar Bears a Vulnerable Species?
The biggest threat that polar bears face is the loss of their habitat due to climate change. Polar bears depend on sea ice to hunt seals, rest and breed. For decades the summer sea ice has been decreasing as well as melting for longer. This means that the polar bears must travel further to stay with the rapidly receding ice. When this ice melts the polar bears have to rely on the fat stores in their body until the ice returns, this can result in some polar bears suffering from malnutrition and even starvation!
Climate change is forcing the polar bears to spend more time onshore which means that they are coming into contact with humans more often. Unfortunately, these interactions can end badly for both humans and bears.
The sea ice retreating also paves the way for more industrial development. A whole new ocean area is emerging and with that comes opportunities for further development at sea and on larger parcels of land.
- Polar bears actually have black skin.
- They can swim constantly for days at a time.
- Less than 2% of polar bear hunts are successful.
- Polar bear numbers are predicted to decline by 30% by 2050.
- There are as many as 19 subpopulations of polar bears.
- Scientists can extract polar bear DNA from just their footprints.
- Grizzly-polar bear hybrids exist!
- A male polar bear can weigh as much as 10 men!
- Polar bears clean themselves by rolling in the snow.
- Polar bears have no natural enemies.
- They can swim at speeds of up to 6 miles per hour (8 knots). Their taxonomic name means “sea bear.”
- Polar bears can spend around 20 hours a day resting, and the rest hunting.
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