Join us for Polar Bear Weekend 2022 as we will be celebrating these amazing animals and raise awareness of the shrinking habitat they live in on Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27 (which is also International Polar Bear Day!) both virtually and live at the Zoo. This event is free with Zoo admission. Meet us inside Rocky Coasts Gallery to learn about Anoki’s daily care and the Zoo’s partnership with Polar Bears International (PBI) and find out what you can do to help save polar bears and the Arctic sea ice they depend on. There will be games/activities, information materials and Anoki’s family tree gallery!
The Zoo is also partnering once again with the Rochester Americans to help create awareness for polar bears and the sea ice they depend on as part of Defend the Ice Month! Highlighting the festivities is “Defend the Ice Night”, when the Amerks host the Toronto Marlies at 3:05 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena. The Amerks will wear special polar bear-themed jerseys along with matching socks in support of polar bear awareness.
Schedule for Live Enrichment Demos:
Make plans to come to the Zoo to watch as Anoki’s keepers provide her with enrichment food/exercises to stimulate her physically and mentally (and of course treats!).
When: Saturday & Sunday at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm
* Live enrichment is always subject to change/cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances that may arise
Welcome to Polar Bear Weekend! Check out these awesome and informative graphics from our friends at Polar Bears International and donate to our fundraiser to support them! For every $5 donated you will get a chance to win a polar bear prize bundle including a painting by Anoki!
See Polar Bears Roam! You can watch polar bears as they travel across the sea ice to hunt seals with this Polar Bear Tracker from PBI.
Q&A with PBI’s Director of Field Operations, BJ Kirschhoffer, on the Svalbard Maternal Den Study
The Quest for New Den-Detection Technology – Learn about PBI’s fieldwork with artificial dens. Being able to find and map polar bear dens hidden under the snow will help ensure moms and cubs aren’t disturbed.
More Fun Facts from PBI:
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