Adopt a Polar Bear
Magnificent polar bears depend on Arctic sea ice to hunt and raise their young. But the ice is shrinking.
By helping protect polar bears you’re helping to make sure the Arctic food chain stays healthy – for the benefit of wildlife and people in and beyond the Arctic. By 2050, polar bear numbers may decline by 30% due to the rapid loss of sea ice. Standard polar bear welcome packs are currently out of stock.
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. You can adopt a polar bear for yourself or as a gift for a loved one this Christmas.
Protect these incredible animals and receive
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.
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.
OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION
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.
HUMAN BEAR CONFLICT
Hungry and curious polar bears may stray into villages, leading to conflict between people defending themselves and their families.
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 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?
Your pack will be sent within 2-3 working days - but allow up to 5 working days for it to arrive. Standard polar bear welcome packs are currently out of stock.
Any other questions?
Take a look at our adoption FAQs