Polar bear sow with two cubs
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Adopt a Polar Bear

Magnificent polar bears depend on Arctic Sea ice to hunt and raise their young. But the ice is shrinking.

Your adoptions will help protect polar bears in the Arctic and help fund our other vital work around the world. When you choose an animal adoption, you are supporting both your chosen animals as well as wider work to help bring our world back to life.

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Your Adoption Really Helps

Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They not only help to fund our work with local communities to reduce human-bear conflict, and projects to reduce the impacts of climate change, but also fund our other vital work around the world.

Adopt a polar bear and receive

Cuddly Toy

An optional soft toy to love forever. Toy may vary from image shown. 

Welcome Pack

Choose between our standard welcome pack or a pack created for children under 12. 

Regular Updates

We'll keep you updated on how you're supporting our vital work including sending your adoption updates three times a year.

Certificate and background

Get a personalised adoption certificate and a lovely polar bear video call background.

Polar bears generally live and hunt alone, though they can be quite social. They mainly eat seals; polar bears have such a remarkable sense of smell that they can detect a seal swimming in the water – below a metre of compacted snow – up to a kilometre away.

Map graphic detailing polar bear habitat range

Threats that polar bears face

40% decline in sea ice in 30 years


Climate change is the single greatest threat to polar bears as they are uniquely adapted to live on sea ice, and that ice is disappearing.

Silhouette of Polar Bear walking to the right


As sea ice declines, the Arctic is opening up to oil and gas exploration and increased shipping which may affect the delicate balance of the Arctic ecosystem.

Silhouette of a man standing


Hungry and curious polar bears may stray into villages, leading to conflict between people defending themselves and their families.

30% decline by 2050 predicted


Toxic chemicals and pollution in the marine environment increase in toxicity as they move up the food chain - and polar bears are the top of the Arctic food chain.

How We Can Help

We need to minimise the warming that’s melting the polar bear’s habitat: sea ice. To do this we’re working to help cut global greenhouse gas emissions and encourage the switch to renewable energy.

We work with communities across the Arctic to try and avoid them coming into conflict with polar bears. In northern Canada we’ve provided steel food storage containers so people can store their food outside without it attracting unwanted attention. Keeping some distance between polar bears and people is safer for all.

We fund research that aims to further our knowledge and understanding of polar bear populations, and how they could respond to changes in their environment.

Your adoption and support will help us:

  • monitor polar bear movements, health and population sizes
  • maintain a healthy Arctic environment with undisturbed ecosystems and healthy wildlife populations
  • raise awareness of the threats of climate change that we all face
  • work with communities to help reduce human-bear conflict
  • fund our other essential work around the world

Polar Bear raising a paw

Polar bears have large paws - up to 30cm wide - which they use like paddles to help them swim. They also distribute their weight over thin ice so they don't fall through.

Last minute gift?

Letter thanking supporter for adopting a polar bear with WWF
Adopt a polar bear as a last minute gift! You can print or email a personalised gift certificate online to give on the day.

Free delivery

We offer free delivery but ask you to consider helping to cover postage with an optional £3 donation taken at checkout. This means more of your gift can go towards supporting your adoption animal and our wider work.

Your pack will be sent within 2-3 working days - but allow up to 5 working days for it to arrive. 

Want to protect other marine animals too? Check out our adopt a marine animal page to find out more.

Polar Bear adoption FAQs

Yes, you can adopt a polar bear with WWF. Donations from polar bear adoptions go both directly to support polar bears, as well as to fund our wider work to protect nature and our planet. Adoptions are symbolic for donating and supporting our conservation work with different species. By adopting a polar bear, you will be supporting a whole group of polar bears, rather than one individual.

You can adopt a polar bear with WWF from just £3 a month if you pay via Direct Debit, or with a minimum one-off payment of £36. To adopt a polar bear with WWF, select your donation amount on the widget, click 'Adopt Now' and then complete your donation via our secure online checkout. 

You can adopt a polar bear with WWF from just £3 a month via Direct Debit, or from just £36 via a one-off payment. Your money could go further if you pay by Direct Debit as this supports our long-term planning and helps keep our administration costs down.

When you adopt a polar bear with WWF, 50% of your donation will fund programs of work that directly support polar bears while the remaining 50% will fund other projects that need it most. After adopting a polar bear you'll receive a welcome pack including an optional toy and note from the WWF team welcoming you on board. We'll keep you updated on how you're supporting our vital work by sending you three adoption updates a year. 

Polar bear adoptions help us; work with communities across the Arctic to reduce conflict between humans and polar bears; help monitor polar bear movements, health, and population sizes; encourage the switch to renewable energy to minimise warming affecting sea ice.

While polar bears are not classified as endangered (the species is considered 'vulnerable'), climate change and global warming pose a massive threat to the 22,000 remaining wild polar bears.