Arctic Circle

Polar Bears

The Problem

The biggest threat to polar bears is the loss of sea ice, caused by rapid climate change. Polar bears depend on ice for all aspects of survival and are unable to successfully hunt, mate, or travel without it.

What You Can Do

You can help preserve the sea ice that polar bears depend on by conserving natural resources and reducing your emissions. Take the “polar bear challenge” by turning your thermostat up 2 degrees in the summer, and down 2 degrees in the winter.

How We Help

Seneca Park Zoo partners with groups like Polar Bears International (PBI), the only organization dedicated solely to polar bear conservation. PBI exists to protect polar bears and the ice they depend on, helping to secure a future for polar bears across the Arctic.

By using satellite collars, PBI tracks the location, activity level, and temperature of collared bears. Some collars even track how much time a bear is spending in the water. You can follow collared bears and learn more about the work PBI is doing by visiting

At the Zoo