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Adopt a Bear

Getting enough fish, toys, and straw for our bears in their chilly air conditioned house can be an expensive endeavor. But you can help. By donating $25 a month, you can pick to be on either team Ganuk, Henry, or Inukshuk, and know you’re helping keep a roof over their head, their bellies full and their minds stimulated. Adoptive parents receive an adoption certificate along with a letter of appreciation, updates, pictures and video on your charge. Adoption packages of one year of longer also come with a plush polar bear, and a graphic t-shirt. You can cancel your subscription any time (minimum 3 month donation). To sign up, click here.


Watermelon or Pumpkin for a Month

What’s our polar bears favourite treat? Watermelon! They’re not only sweet and hydrating, but they’re also very fun for our bears to play with before they eat them. In summer we give each bear a watermelon a day. When fall swings around and watermelon is no longer in season, pumpkins do the trick. We freeze them to ensure they’re available throughout the winter. Buying fruit and gourds can cost approximately $150.00/month for each bear. If you would like to donate a month of food, we’ll send you a picture of polar bear enjoying his snack and a t-shirt. To sign up, click here.


Holy Mackerel!

We often get asked how much do the bears eat per day. Answer? A lot! Mackerel is high in fat and omega 3’s, similar to their natural diet of seal. Our boys generally eat between 5 to 15lbs of fish per day and at a cost of $2 per lb., that can add up quickly. Donate $500.00 to supply a month’s worth of fish for our bears. Those who donate will receive a picture or video of a bear enjoying his fish, a graphic t-shirt, and Ian Stirling’s book “Polar Bears: The Natural History of the Threatened Species.” To sign up, click here.

Make Polar Bears YOUR LEGACY

   If the thought polar bears may not be around for your children or loved ones to appreciate concerns you, please consider leaving a gift to the Polar Bear Habitat in your will. Unfortunately, half of adult Canadians don’t have a will. For your loved ones, one of the greatest things you can do is have your affairs in order, and an up-to-date will ensures your assets will be dispersed according to your wishes.

   Planned giving offers a simple way to help raise the standard of care for polar bears in human care and create a sustainable future for the species. You have the power to affect change for polar bears. If now feels like the right time to begin planning your legacy, we encourage you to discuss one of our options with your legal advisor.

Your Legacy Options

  • In Your Will

    Once you’ve taken care of your loved ones, we hope you’ll consider a gift to the Polar Bear Habitat in your will.

  • Publicly Traded Securities

    Publicly traded securities, such as stocks, income trust units, bonds, mutual fund units and shares offer an advantage in making a major reduction to your taxable income.

  • Life Insurance

    Life insurance is a popular and easy way to leave your conservation legacy.

  • Wealth Replacement Insurance

    Wealth replacement insurance is a simple and creative insurance option that provides a powerful solution to gift to charity without diminishing the value of what you will leave your family.

  • RRSP or RRIF

    A future gift of a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or income fund (RRIF) can be made without sacrificing your retirement lifestyle.

  • Payroll Deduction

    Did you know your employer can automatically deduct an amount of your choosing from your pay in trust for donation to the Polar Bear Habitat? If you’re not sure your Canadian employer has all the details, they can go here for more information.

Corporate Partnerships

Does your company want to show the world how much they care about endangered species and the environment?

   Partnerships can include financial support, event sponsorships, cause marketing and in-kind donations that support programs with the greatest need or a specific program that aligns with your company’s mission.  Contributions can be designated for an interest bearing account where the principal is not touched, or for operations that assist our yearly budgetary bottom line.

   Whether your corporate ideals align with our education programs, polar bear strategies and advocacy, research, or programs that increase the standard of care for polar bears everywhere, we will custom design a program that recognizes or rewards your investment. But the best reward? Knowing you’ve helped create a sustainable future for polar bears.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Buhay, Store and Site Supervisor
Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat
Tel: (705) 272-2327 x 0

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