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Kali at McDonnell Polar Bear Point
Polar bear "Kali" enjoyed playing with a trash can in the 50,000-gallon Polar Bear Dive Pool as visitors took photos through the glass viewing wall with their cell phones at the Saint Louis Zoo's new McDonnell Polar Bear Point. Archived slfp.com file photo
Saint Louis Zoo to Celebrate International Polar Bear Day
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 20, 2018 - The Saint Louis Zoo is celebrating International Polar Bear Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 24 at McDonnell Polar Bear Point. (The official International Polar Bear Day is February 27.)

At 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., carnivore keepers will offer keeper chats for visitors and enrichment activities for Kali (pronounced CULL-ee), the Zoo's 5-year-old, 1,150-pound male polar bear. Visitors can learn about polar bears and their role in Alaska Native communities, take pictures at a selfie station and create their own bear-shaped pollinator seed paper to plant at home.

Zoo educators will provide interactive activities to raise awareness and understanding of the impact our daily actions have on the Arctic and polar bears' sea ice habitat, which is melting due to climate change, and ideas on what we can all do to help.

Over the last 30 years, scientists have documented a dramatic reduction in Arctic sea ice, due to rising temperatures. Recent modeling of future sea ice trends predicts dramatic reductions in sea ice coverage over the next 50 to 100 years and the potential loss of all polar bears near the end of this century.

"We need to realize that all living things and ecosystems are interdependent and that ice is a necessity for polar bear survival," said Zoo Curator of Mammals/Carnivores Steve Bircher.

Sea ice is essential to the bears to hunt seals on ice floes or near breath holes since they are not fast enough swimmers to catch seals in open water. They stalk and ambush their prey on that sea ice.

When fossil fuels like coal and gas are burned, rampant carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere, creating a heat-trapping blanket effect. The blanket is getting thicker and heat cannot get

out, which is causing the earth and oceans to warm and the ice to melt. Experts say if the rising ocean temperature trend continues, Arctic sea ice will continue to melt, threatening the very habitat that polar bears and many other species depend upon for survival.

Climate change affects the people who live with polar bears, too. The Saint Louis Zoo works closely with several Alaska Native villages to create video journals by people who have extensive, direct and relevant experience with polar bears and the effects of a changing climate and environment.

"While the bears' situation is troubling, observing Polar Bear Day is a great opportunity to harness the love we all have for these animals by coming together to make a big difference for the bears," says Louise Bradshaw, Fred Saigh Director of Education, Saint Louis Zoo.

Zoo ALIVE (Active Leaders In Volunteer Education) teen volunteers will demonstrate the need for reducing plastic bag use to protect ocean animals and the environment at their #byetobags booth.


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The Saint Louis ZOO is home to more than 3,000 animals and features Jungle of the Apes and Big Cat Country. Additional attractions include the Emerson Electric Children's Zoo, The Living World educational center, River's Edge, "Penguin & Puffin Coast," Monsanto Insectarium, Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel, sea lion shows and bird house.

The World's Fair Flight Cage at the Zoo and the Saint Louis Art Museum, located north east of the Zoo, are the two structures remaining in Forest Park that were built for the 1904 World's Fair. Photos highlighting the 1904 World's Fair can be seen at the Missouri Historical Society, located in the Jefferson Memorial Building in Forest Park.

Non-summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. General admission to the Zoo is FREE. Parking on the Zoo's two lots is $15 per day. Parking for buses, motor homes and R.V.s is $30 and is available on the South Lot only. Some events and special programs may have an admission cost.


Note: Coolers and picnic baskets are permitted on the Zoo grounds. There are picnic tables located in central areas at the Zoo. All major facilities are wheelchair accessible, as are most restrooms. Wheelchairs and strollers are available to rent at The Living World and South Gate. Wheelchairs: $7 per day; motorized vehicles (limited number) available to those 18 years or older with a major credit card: $25 per day; single strollers are $7 per day; double strollers are $9 per day. For more information, please call 314-781-0900, 1-800-966-8877 or TDD: 314-768-5421.

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