Working at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat for the last four months has been a very special and rewarding experience. I visited the Habitat in June of this year, shortly after graduating with a biology degree. I’ve always had an interest and fondness for polar bears and a visit to the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat was on my bucket list of things to do. Perhaps it was fate that brought me to Cochrane at the right time to be offered this experience.
It still feels very surreal that I am here working around polar bears, but I have come to realize that the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat is a very special place where exceptional things happen every day. Despite everyone’s different roles at the Habitat, the common goal always is to ensure full and rich lives for our bears as well as offering education to the public to help bears in the wild. This is a goal I have found very easy to get on board with. Whether it be watching one of the bears thoroughly enjoy a toy I have made for them, watching them wrestle in the lake enclosure, or getting to walk in the actual tracks that a polar bear made in the snow, each day I have been rewarded to see these bears up close and in a facility like no other in the world.
The personality and character I have only begun to see in each of the bears have already dug very deep into my heart; I feel sad that I will no longer get to see them everyday. However, I’m leaving knowing these bears are with a team of people who care for nothing but their well-being and are extremely passionate about what they do. It has been a very uplifting experience working as a part of this team.
Written by: Lucy Crookshank