The Polar Bear Habitat is lucky to have an active Board of Directors who assist in steering our path forward. In previous newsletters, we’ve introduced Robert Buchanan and Suzanne MacDonald. This time, we’re featuring Cochrane’s own, Renelle Belisle.
Part of the Polar Bear Habitat’s mandate is to help create a sustainable future for polar bears and we don’t take that statement lightly. We’re committed to initiating programming and actions that support our mandate.
Unlike their cousins around the world, Polar bears are relatively non-verbal communicators. Given that polar bears are mostly solitary creatures and their home ranges are so large, verbal communication may not be the most effective strategy.
Building a positive and trusting relationship with the animals in their care is one of the most important aspects of any zookeeper’s job. For some animals, the relationship can be built and strengthened with physical contact such as play, but for us bear keepers, physical contact is not an option. Instead, we can use reinforcements.
Dr. Suzanne MacDonald is a professor in the Department of Psychology at York University and a member of the Polar Bear Habitat Foundation Board. Recently, we got the chance to catch up with her and ask the questions we’ve been dying to know about.
Less is more. Between cooking, travelling, and present giving, Christmas can get overwhelming. We’re so busy that we tend to forget that the things we look back on most fondly on are the good times with family and friends. So, take a deep breath, smile, put down that extra set of lights you were going […]
To polar bear people, Churchill is the holy grail. Not only is it the “polar bear capital” of the world, its reputation for being a little like the Wild West infuses adrenaline for the adventuresome soul.
It has been roughly five months since the introduction of Ganuk and Henry. We are pleased to say that their relationship is going strong and both bears are showing positive improvements in their overall demeanor.
The bears were looking at us from across the enclosure, most likely wondering what this big group of people with their cameras were doing standing in a seemingly uninteresting corner of the fence line. Henry’s curiosity soon got the best of him when he got up and wandered over to investigate.