NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY
National Polar Bear Day, also known as International Polar Bear Day is observed on February 27th. It is a day to learn more about the polar bear and conservation efforts where the polar bear is concerned.
Polar bears can reach a height of 9 ft tall and a weight of 1400 pounds. They have large front paws, which are slightly webbed, that are used to paddle as they swim. As they are powerful swimmers, some polar bears have been seen swimming hundreds of miles from land. However, some of the distance may have been covered by floating on sheets of ice.
The polar bears have a warming layer of fat which is covered by their thick coat of insulating fur which helps them live in the colder environments.
Some organizations use this day to raise awareness of the declining number of polar bears worldwide. It is believed by many that these beautiful creatures are threatened due to global warming and the consequential loss of their natural habitat. Groups around the world gather together to find ways to make a difference and spread information to others.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Learn more about the polar bear, its environment and how it lives. Use #NationalPolarBearDay to post on social media.
Polar Bear Day has been recognized since at least 2011, and founding credit has been given to Polar Bears International which sponsors educational challenges annually.
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