Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo has announced their first-ever
Polar Bear Awareness Week, Feb. 25-March 3, offering Chicago
families a chance to learn more about the arctic creatures. With
fewer than 25,000 polar bears left in the wild, the zoo hopes to
help Chicagoans better understand the connection between their
actions and the survival of the species.
"Lincoln Park Zoo is invested in high quality polar bear care
here at the zoo as well as conservation of wild bears," said Vice
President of Education Rachel Bergren. "We want to connect our
guests to this species and inspire them to enact some changes in
their day-to-day lives with polar bears in mind."
The changes can be as simple as cutting down on plastic bag use,
biking to work, or using public transportation.
During Polar Bear Awareness Week, the zoo will host twice-daily
activities at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. featuring Anana the polar
bear. Guests will have a chance to win free passes to see To
the Arctic 3D at Navy Pier IMAX Theater as well. All Polar
Bear Awareness Week activities are free and open to all zoo
The zoo is also taking the campaign to Twitter. At 2 p.m.
during each day of the week, they'll post a tip to help followers
better understand how they can aid in conservation efforts.
"It is the principle of reduce, reuse, and recycle," said
Bergren. "A large group cutting down on energy use in small ways
can have an impact. People should feel empowered to help."
Lincoln Park Zoo itself implements many sustainable
initiatives, including installation of green
roofs, solar panels, energy-efficient
lighting and retrofits, water-saving devices,
and recycling opportunities for everything from paper,
plastic and aluminum to cell phones. In 2012, the zoo became an
Arctic Ambassador Center in partnership with renowned conservation
organization Polar Bears International.
Zoo is also helping to bring polar bears some attention this
week. On Wednesday, Feb. 27,
Polar Bear Day, Brookfield Zoo will have a variety of
activities to educate visitors on the effects climate change can
have on arctic animals.
In Hamill Family Play Zoo, kids can trace and decorate their
carbon footprint, help miniature polar bear figures navigate on ice
floes and listen to special zoo chats about Brookfield Zoo's polar
bears. Hamill Family Play Zoo is free on Feb. 27 with zoo
The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo,
will take part in the Thermostat Challange, sponsored by Polar
Bears International, an effort to raise awareness about how daily
actions impact polar bears and their icy habitat. CZS will lower
the temperature of the zoo's indoor non-animal buildings by two
degrees in order to reduce carbon emission son Polar Bear Day. CZS
also encourages guests to
participate in the challenge.
To learn more about Lincoln Park Zoo's Polar Bear Awareness
lpzoo.org. To plan a visit to Brookfield Zoo for Polar Bear
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