Are you following Siku & his family on cam at Explore.org? There’s plenty of polar bear games being played that involve lots of splashing, diving and chasing. Go have a look before it goes off air shortly!
You can watch them play everyday between 7am - 9am Eastern Time.
Answers to yesterday’s quiz question - Polar bear paws are remarkably adapted for life in the Arctic environment but can you identify an adaptation their paws have that enables them to survive in such a harsh environment?
- Measuring up to 12 inches across, their enormous paws help to distribute their weight when walking on thin ice.
- Their footpads are covered by papillae which help to assist with grip when moving on the slippery ice.
- Polar bears also have long fringes of fur between their toes and footpads which help to prevent them from slipping as well as providing some protection from the freezing surface.
- Each toe has a non-retractile, thick and curved claw which can measure around 2 inches long. These claws are used for grasping prey as well as for traction when running and climbing.
- Their paws are also well designed for movement in water. The forepaws of polar bears are slighty webbed and are used as paddles when swimming with their hind paws acting as rudders to help steer.
Photo source: Valarie Abbott
A Polar Bear’s Back Foot by John Hallam
Here’s a little quiz for you! Polar bear paws are remarkably adapted for life in the Arctic environment but can you identify an adaptation their paws have that enables them to survive in such a harsh environment?
Yorkshire Wildlife Park in England welcomes their first polar bear.
Victor, who weighs 1,058 pounds, arrived at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park on Thursday after making the well-planned journey from Rhenen Zoo in Holland by ferry. You can watch Victor’s journey here.
The 15-year-old bear has been so successful in the European Breeding programme that he had to be retired. But now Victor will spend his retirement in a 10 acre environment which mimics the summer tundra. It includes rocky hills, dens and a lake covering an area of 6,500 square metres and reaches 8 metres deep with an island situated in the centre.
Victor is now part of the Park’s Project Polar which aims to house retired polar bears or others that are in need of rescuing from unsuitable conditions.
Visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park website for more.
Photo via YWP
Yorkshire Wildlife Park in England will soon be welcoming their first polar bear.
Victor, a 15-year-old male polar bear at Rhenen Zoo in Holland will be the first to arrive at the park’s brand new polar bear reserve. The polar bear reserve joins some of the biggest in the world, with four different sections spanning 10 acres and will feature waterfalls, pools, landscaped hills, rocky areas and up to 8m deep lakes among many other natural features. Victor has been selected to join the park’s collection as he is no longer required for the breeding programme at Rhenen Zoo. He is due to arrive at the Park next month in a specialist climate controlled transporter and will be given time to settle in and will spend time getting to know his keepers. Once staff are confidient he has settled in, the polar bear centre, called Project Polar, will be opened to the public. Read more
(Photo via YWP)
Arturo the polar bear
I have received a lot of messages and have seen numerous of posts with petition links regarding Arturo the polar bear in Argentina. The thing is, this petition that most people have linked asks for Arturo to be moved from his current home in Mendoza Zoo to Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada. However, this transfer is not possible due to the strict laws set in place by the Canadian Government. For a permit to be issued to allow Arturo to be imported in to Canada, he must have at least three years of medical records of which Mendoza Zoo does not have, or so they say. Know that I’m not saying you shouldn’t sign this petition but it is not going to address the issue of him not being allowed into Canada.
And so this is why another petition has been created and it asks for the Canadian Government to issue a ‘special’ import permit for Arturo. I would recommend highlighting this petition also but the thing you have to remember is that Canada very often respects its own laws and regulations, unlike certain other countries who I shan’t name – but you can probably guess! And I’m not saying there’s no point in signing this petition because who knows, the pressure from signatures from national and international people could lead to a permit being issued.
Just please remember to link both petitions!
And if you know of any updates on this please do let me know.