National Polar Bear Day

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National Polar Bear Day

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National Polar Bear Day was on Wednesday the 27 of February. The day is observed to learn about polar bears and conservation of polar bears. We must be aware because each day they become more valuable due to climate change; due to the change in the polar ice cap, at least 52 Polar bears migrated to Russia.

Kiska and Koluk the polar bears at the Rio Grande zoo

The scientific name is Ursus Maritimus. Female polar bears length is 5.9 – 7.9 feet, mass 330 – 550 pounds, and she can have 1 to 4 cubs in a litter but the most common is 1 to 2. They are pregnant for 195 days – 265 days. Male polar bears length is 7.9 – 9.8 and mass of 990 pounds. Polar bears can live 15 – 18 years. The highest speed they can run is 25mph.

The polar at the zoo in the pool

In New Mexico, we have two Polar bears at our local zoo. They are brothers Kiska and Koluk, twins born November 19, 1996. When they go into their private pool, the reason they swim so well is because they have big webbed feet that make it easy to swim. Don’t forget to go visit our friends the polar bears and next year celebrate this day of awareness.