SeaWorld Makes Important Step in Polar Bear Conservation
February 2, 2017
As a member of the zoos and aquariums community, SeaWorld is committed to helping animals and species all over the world. Snowflake, a polar bear at SeaWorld San Diego, is playing an important part in our efforts to conserve these amazing animals.
Snowflake will soon temporarily go to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium as part of a breeding program to help sustain this species. Polar bears are currently listed as “threatened” on the Endangered Species List. In hopes of ensuring their survival, polar bears are part of the Association of Zoo & Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP), which helps pair animals in hopes of sustaining species. This program, and partnerships like this one, help diversify the zoological polar bear conservation and help researchers learn more about polar bears and how to help save them in the wild.
And this isn’t the only way that SeaWorld is working to save and conserve polar bears. The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund recently awarded Polar Bears International (PBI) $15,000 to support research to collect baseline information for long-term population monitoring. You can read more about it here.
It’s important that we all do our part in conserving this species, and protect animals like polar bears in the wild. Your visit to a SeaWorld parks helps conservation programs like PBI, and hundreds of others, as well as the important work being done at SeaWorld. While Snowflake is away, make sure you come out to SeaWorld San Diego to visit with the other female polar bear, Szenja, and learn how you can play an important role in polar bear conservation. You can plan a visit by visiting, www.seaworldsandiego.com.