As an Arctic Ambassador Centre1, and long time supporter of polar bear research, the Edmonton Valley Zoo has been keeping its eye on how Canada’s polar bears are being impacted by climate change. Newly released research shows a 27 percent decrease in adult female polar bears, young bears, and cubs over the last five years in the Western Hudson Bay population. These groups are ones that scientists have long predicted would be most negatively impacted by longer ice-free seasons due to the need to fast for longer periods of time.
The 2021 research findings highlight the continued importance of efforts by Edmontonians to address the long-term, overarching threat of climate change. When we change for climate, we help wildlife as well.
Arctic Ambassador Centres like the Edmonton Valley Zoo work with Polar Bears International to educate and empower people to take immediate steps to reduce CO2 for the conservation of polar bear habitat and other species impacted by a warming world.
“Concern for the climate is normal and addressing climate warming can feel overwhelming—but time and time again, humans have accomplished things that once seemed impossible. And fortunately, in this case, we already have the answers we need.”
— Polar Bears International