The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat is a results and action driven research and education centre that unites and inspires people to learn more about polar bears, their care and conservation.
The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat is both the largest, and the only human care facility in the world dedicated solely to polar bears. With 7 hectares of pristine, natural environment categorized as sub-arctic, the habitat also features the world’s largest enclosed lake that provides an ice platform for up to 7 months of the year.
We are here for the bears. We know the best place for polar bears is their natural environment in the wild, but we are committed to raising the standard of care for the bears that could not survive there. If polar bears have to be in human care, our staff and supporters deserve to be justified in the reasons for doing so. Knowing we are learning as much as we can, while actively improving their lives, compels our passionate mission.