It is well known that the polar bear, Ursis maritimus, lives in the arctic. What may not be as well known is how close the arctic and it’s polar bear residents are to us.
Ganuk has been with us since 2012, and as soon as Henry arrived in 2015 we started the process of introducing the two. This consisted of moving the bears closer and closer to one another, with some type of barrier.
One of the most common questions that our animal care staff receive is ‘When are the bears being fed?’. The short answer is: multiple times a day, never scheduled and rarely during our Keeper Talk times. Now let me explain why.
As you know, we like to have fun here at The Polar Bear Habitat, but sometimes we need to get serious. July 15th was Arctic Sea Ice day and we wanted to do something to help bring it some attention.
The store at the Habitat is full of unique and affordable products, we have something for everyone that comes through our doors and we are always expanding our offerings.
It’s no secret polar bears love water. In the United States, they’re actually classified as marine mammals.
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.
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.
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 […]