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A cuddly toy (optional)

My Polar Bears and Wild World magazine 3 times a year

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Adopt a polar bear»

Polar bears depend on Arctic ice to hunt and raise their young. But the ice is shrinking. Help us protect them and their habitat.

How you're helping the polar bears

  • Conserving the Arctic region’s rich biodiversity
  • Maintaining a healthy Arctic environment with undisturbed ecosystems and healthy wildlife populations
  • Raising awareness of the threats of climate change that we all face
  • Your support will also help fund our other essential work around the world

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My Polar Bears and Wild World magazine 3 times a year

Factbook, certificate, bookmarks, stickers and more

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More about Polar Bears

The Latin name for polar bears, Ursus maritimus, means ‘sea bear’, reflecting the fact that the species spends much of its life in or around water.

Location: Greenland, Svalbard (Norway), northern Canada, Alaska (US) and Russia

Habitat: Arctic sea ice

Wild population: Approximately 20,000-25,000

The threats to polar bears

  • Reducing sea ice caused by climate change
  • Toxic chemicals and pollution in the marine environment. Toxic levels increase as they move up the food chain leading to health problems in polar bears
  • Increased industrial activity in the Arctic including:
    • Oil and gas exploration
    • Transportation of oil increasing the risks of oil spills

How your adoption can help:

  • £60 (or £5 a month) could buy six oil spill clean-up kits for an Arctic volunteer in the Barents Sea
  • £120 (or £10 a month) could pay for helicopter fuel for two and a half hours when tracking polar bears across the rugged Arctic terrain

The Svalbard polar bears

(Pronounced svaal-baard)

A group of male and female bears aged between 5 and 12 years old, which live in the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic – a group of islands owned by Norway. WWF is tracking the polar bears as they travel across the sea ice, to find out how they are adapting to climate change.