We are thrilled to announce the next installment of the PARCA Speaker Series focused on polar bear conservation! We are honored to be joined by Matt Akel who is the Wildlife Care Manager of the Mammal Department at the San Diego Zoo. Matt’s talk, “San Diego Zoo Polar Bear Care & Conservation,” will cover Matt’s background, the San Diego Zoo’s polar bear husbandry program, and their conservation projects for polar bears. The program is on July 11th at 3 Eastern. Tickets are $30 and available at https://www.simpletix.com/…/parca-speaker-series-polar….
Like adult rhinos, the polar bear has no natural enemies. Also like rhinos, polar bears face significant challenges and require active conservation efforts to ensure their long-term survival. The polar bear is the newest of the eight bear species, and scientists believe that the polar bear evolved about 200,000 years ago from brown bear ancestors. The polar bear is uniquely adapted to life on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean, and for millennia they have roamed the vast and pristine circumpolar Arctic relatively undisturbed by human activities. However, climate change has created a conservation crisis for polar bears, and their persistence is jeopardized by record-breaking sea ice losses and increasing industrial-scale human activity. For nearly a decade, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s conservation scientists and their US and Canadian partners have focused on developing the best conservation strategies to boost their populations.