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International Polar Bear Day

International Polar Bear Day is held each year in February. February was picked to coincide with the time period when polar bear moms and cubs are snug in their dens. As part of our celebration, we focus on the need to protect denning families across the Arctic.


Did you know? Denning is the most vulnerable time in a polar bear’s life. And in a warming Arctic, where polar bears face enormous challenges, the survival of every single cub is critically important.

As a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, conservation is a priority for us. We provide financial support to projects that directly impact wildlife and protect wild spaces. One of our partners is Polar Bears International. They work to conserve polar bears in the wild and the sea ice they depend on. In addition to field research, they teach people about polar bears and their conservation, including climate change, carbon dioxide emissions, and what they can do to help save polar bears.

Donate Today

While supplies last, every donation of $25 or more will receive a handmade Memory Bear. Memory Bears are made by volunteers using old t-shirts from past HVZ events that we can no longer sell due to minor imperfections. Since each bear was handmade no two bears are the same! Memory Bears will be mailed out to your billing address within two weeks of your donation.

Donate to Polar Bear Conservation

Sustain Dane

Engage with businesses that have committed to sustainable practices. Sustain Dane is a great local resource that has a ton of information about sustainable actions.

Accelerate Sustainability

So, what do polar bears and pickles have in common?

Join the Polar Pickle Party!

Pickles aren’t a part of their diet, so what do pickles have to do with polar bears? Answer a few questions in our virtual scavenger hunt to find the answer! All of the answers can be found on our website, just keep an eye out for the pickle on the pages where the answers can be found!

Polar Pickle Party

Looking for a fun activity you can do at home? Join Polar Bear International this Saturday at noon to learn how to make a polar bear out of recycled materials. No experience necessary! New to drawing? Download and print one of these line drawings to help you get started!

Watch our Facebook Live video to see how we work with our polar bears here at Henry Vilas Zoo!
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Proud Partners with

Polar Bears International

Henry Vilas Zoo is a partner and supporter of PBI and its efforts, serving as an Arctic Ambassador Center. In 2011, we were acknowledged as one of 50 “Champions for Polar Bears.”

Learn more about PBI!