One time our dad brought home a few strands of polar bear fur. Holding them up to the light, we were astonished to discover the strands were perfectly clear, not white! But…polar bears are white! Off to the library we went to do some serious research.
Ursus maritimus, meaning “sea bear” in Latin. The largest land carnivore. Granted, they can be a little intimidating. But sometimes when we see them snoozing in the snow, or sliding around the ice on their rumps, occasionally we may feel the urge to wrap our arms around their fuzzy necks. Especially after seeing little cubs playing together or snuggling up to their mother.
Polar bears also seem to be a symbol for bringing awareness to the environmental crisis our planet faces. One way to help care for these precious and vulnerable animals is to adopt one!
Here is the official website for the Wildlife Collection bracelet, who work in partnership with the Polar Bears International. Note: please be cautious about purchasing these bracelets from other sources, apparently this is the only genuine bracelet officially partnered with the conservatory.
- Learn your bear’s name and get a picture
- Learn about their stories, age and how many cubs they have
- Gain access to a your live polar bear tracker (so cool)
- The bracelets come in a variety of colors.
Photo Credit: http://www.wildlifecollections.com
Polar Bears International also has an adoption page with various options. The mid-range includes:
- One soft and cuddly stuffed polar bear cub – ready for furry bear hugs
- Ursula The Polar Bear certificate of adoption, featuring a photo by wildlife photographer Daniel J. Cox, with a special link to view a video about Ursula’s travels around the Arctic
- Mom and Cub Fact Sheet with fun facts about polar bears and a word search game focused on the Arctic
- Polar Bears International sticker
For students, there’s a special page of how to make a difference at Polar Bears International.
POLAR BEAR IDEAS
Polar bears travel. This map by polarbearsinternational.org shows a few individual bears being tracked. You could make your own for your own bear!
- As you receive updates about your polar bear, pin the location (or use dry erase markers) on a fun map. You can learn about geography and follow your new friend’s travels at the same time. Or just find a more detailed map online and print it off.
- For a different map option, there’s also this type of large peel-and-stick animal wall map.
- You could track them using small removable stickers like these inexpensive ones. Or just use stickie-notes and write the date of your bear being spotted.
Polar Bear Puzzles
Ages 4+ : Arctic life puzzle, 64-piece search & find, 40 hidden images of arctic creature
Ages 5+: Polar bear shape, 100 piece puzzle
Ages 6+: 3D coloring puzzle, polar bear, DIY
Polar Bear Books
Ages 10+ National Geographic Kids Mission: Polar Bear Rescue: All about polar bears and how to help save them. True adventure stories, photography, activities, and more
Polar Bear Coloring Book
Ages 3+ Arctic Animals
Ages 4+: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset. 22 drawings by Kinngait artists. Coloring pages are blank on the back so they can be cut out and displayed.
Polar Bear Trekking
This is on our list of adventures. It would be incredible to see these powerful, majestic creatures in their home.
The Lil Sis