How can the scientific community predict and mitigate the effects of climate change on polar bears if we are still missing some basic information about the species?
Research on polar bears in the wild can be difficult, expensive and dangerous as a result of the inhospitable environment in which they live. In order to fill gaps in knowledge, scientists have turned to bears in human care.
The Polar Bear Habitat continues to take part in vital research in partnership with Canadian and international universities and scientific organizations. These studies may be published as peer-reviewed journal articles or they may aid in the development of new research tools and techniques. Every research project that is proposed must be approved by the PBH Animal Care Committee (to ensure that the proposed methods are in accordance with PBH care standards). Once approved, animal care staff will begin data and/or sample collection, which can range in duration anywhere from 28 days to four years.