Arctic Circle

Polar Bears

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.

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.

How We Help

One of the projects we support is the Svalbard (Norway) Maternal Den Monitoring Program.  Remote monitoring of dens in the Spring is vital to understanding the impacts of sea ice loss on mothers and their cubs. With such a lack of current information on polar bear dens, our support helps make this and other polar bear conservation initiatives possible.


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.

You can also make a donation in support of polar bear conservation.


Every day is a great day to visit the Zoo. Experience life on the wild side, enjoy up-close animal interactions and support global conservation efforts—right here at the Zoo. Reserve your tickets now for quick and easy entry, and enjoy more time connecting with wildlife.

April 1 through October 31

November 1 through March 31

Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. for our Zoo members.
Open all year long. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.