• Question: Does anyone love polars bears?? HOw can we save them.... ? I love them to bits and I would be very sade to see them become extinct! :(

    Asked by tfry to Amy, Drew, Julia, Kimberley, Sara on 20 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Drew Rae

      Drew Rae answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Hi tfry. You probably don’t need to worry too much. Polar bears are classed as “vulnerable”, which is very different to “endangered”. Now that people have stopped most hunting of polar bears, their biggest threat is climate change. If we don’t do something about climate change, they’ll eventually head towards being endangered as the amount of ice shrinks and the weather patterns reduce the amount of food they have available.

    • Photo: Amy MacQueen

      Amy MacQueen answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      We also need to breed some in captivity to release back into the wild if they do become more seriously endangered – controversial but true!! 🙂

    • Photo: Julia Griffen

      Julia Griffen answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Stop climate change and global warming… easy!

      Well it’s not really easy at all.. changing the way the world lives by stopping pumping out CO2 from the millions of power stations that provide energy for the lifestyle that we demand…

      I guess you could sponsor a polar bear??? Call it Fry?

    • Photo: Kimberley Bryon

      Kimberley Bryon answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Yay! Polar bears are my all time favourite animal! As Drew said their biggest threat is climate change because they are loosing the ice they need to hunt and live on. You could sponsor a polar bear through WWF (they give you a really cute polar bear toy) or become a scientist specializing in climate change 😉

    • Photo: Sara Imari Walker

      Sara Imari Walker answered on 20 Jun 2011:

      I love polar bears!! They are so awesome. So cute, such amazing predators, and they have such neat fur. I think Kimberley’s got some great suggestions for us about what we can do immediately to help. In the long run it is up to stopping global climate change though. And, that is not necessarily something humans can fix. Hopefully we can (Earth has awesome regulatory mechanisms for maintaining itself!). At least we know they can survive and breed in captivity though – so its likely even if we loose the wild ones we’ll still have some around. That’s not true for all endangered species. So we’ll hope and work toward the best on this one!