Posted by: Kath Usitalo | February 27, 2012

Chill: It’s Polar Bear Day

Polar bears swim above human visitors at the Detroit Zoo's Polar Passage

In celebration of International Polar Bear Day on February 27 Polar Bears International invites everyone to turn down the thermostats two degrees “to lower carbon emissions and help save polar bears.”

PBI, with offices in Bozeman, Montana and Winnipeg, Manitoba, further encourages us to make the lower temperature a cold weather habit.

Then, when you’re nice and chilled out, you can burn some energy by firing up your computer to look at a new webcam that will keep an eye on the polar bear cub Siku (Greenlandic for sea ice). Siku was born in November 2011 and lives at the Scandinavian Wildlife Park in Denmark. He’s adorable and even has his own Facebook page. Check him out at Siku cam 1, live from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. EST and via recorded highlights at other times.

The Polar Bears International (PBI) website suggests lots of ways you can help save polar bears, provides links to other related organizations, and offers facts such as:

  • Polar bears live in the wild only in Alaska, Canada, Russia, Greenland and Norway
  • Adult females typically weigh from 330-650 pounds; males weigh from 775-1,200 pounds with the largest recorded at 2,209 pounds
  • There are an estimated 20-25,000 polar bears on the planet

See the bears indoors and out at the Detroit Zoo

Polar Bears and the Great Lakes State:

  • The Detroit Zoo has the largest polar bear exhibit in North America. The Arctic Ring of Life covers four acres of the zoological park in Royal Oak. A favorite feature is the Polar Passage, a 70-foot-long clear tunnel through the marine habitat of the bears and seals.
  • In the winter of 1918-19 during the Polar Bear Expedition—also known as the Allied Intervention in the Russian Civil War—about 5,000 U.S.  troops, most of them from Michigan, fought Bolshevik Red Army in Russia. Michigan’s Own Military and Space Museum in Frankenmuth houses the largest number of artifacts from that time. (The museum is open March-December.)
  • You can see photos, read diaries and browse the massive online Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collection of the Bentley Historical Library of the University of Michigan
  • See the Polar Bear Monument at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, a north Detroit suburb; learn more at the “Detroit’s Own” Polar Bear Memorial Association website
  • The annual Polar Bears Memorial Day Service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, May 28, 2012 at White Chapel Cemetery

Polar Bear Monument, White Chapel Cemetery, Troy (provided photo)

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  1. I love The Detroit Zoo and watching those polar bears.

    • My favorite place at the zoo.

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