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For the 19th consecutive year, Polar Bears International (PBI), the sole nonprofit organization dedicated to wild polar bears and their Arctic sea ice habitat, is hosting International Polar Bear Day. This annual event, observed on February 27th, brings together a global community to honor this iconic species and raise awareness about their conservation. But why is it trending online now?

 

Denning Families and Vulnerability: The celebration is timed to coincide with the period when mother polar bears and their cubsare snug in their dens across the Arctic. Denning is the most vulnerable time in a polar bear’s life. These cubs are born blind and tiny, roughly the size of a guinea pig. Unfortunately, less than half of all cubs reach adulthood on average. In a warming Arctic, where polar bears already face enormous challenges, the survival of every cub becomes critically important.

 

Protecting Polar Bear Families: On this International Polar Bear Day, people worldwide are called upon to unite for a better world for future generations of polar bears and humans. The Arctic’s fate directly impacts the rest of the globe. PBI emphasizes the need to protect denning families across the Arctic. Researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, and PBI are currently in Svalbard, Norway, conducting maternal den studies. Using remote cameras, they analyze mom and cubs emerging from their snowy dens. This research helps establish guidelines to protect these vulnerable families.

 

Curious Question: As we celebrate International Polar Bear Day, consider this: How can we ensure the survival of these magnificent creatures in a rapidly changing world? Share your thoughts! 🐾🌎

 

 

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