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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)

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)

"Hey" whacha doin’?" © Debbie S. Mechler. via Al Mechler

"Hey" whacha doin’?" © Debbie S. Mechler. via Al Mechler

Hudson by Al Mechler

Hudson by Al Mechler

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.

Polar Bear Playing by Al Mechler

Polar Bear Playing by Al Mechler

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The Long Fast Begins

The first satellite-collared polar bears from Western and Southern Hudson Bay are now ashore. Bears in seasonal ice areas conserve energy and live off their fat reserves until the ice forms again in late fall.

Read more at Polar Bears International

The Long Fast Begins

The first satellite-collared polar bears from Western and Southern Hudson Bay are now ashore. Bears in seasonal ice areas conserve energy and live off their fat reserves until the ice forms again in late fall.

Read more at Polar Bears International