We are so excited that our not-so-little bundle of fluff, Henry, has graduated from Polar Pre-School to Polar Bear Shores, and we want you to share in our joy.
We couldn’t be happier with the progress Henry has made since making an entrance as a tiny 600 gram baby to a playful 162kg Polar Bear. He’s developed vital skills through the guidance of his doting Mum, Liya, and the wonderful animal carer’s at Sea World.
Polar Bear Shores features an array of amazing enrichment options for Henry including a cascading waterfall, a large pool that is up to four metres deep, an array of climbing outcrops, fallen trees, shrubs and other structures providing endless fun for our inquisitive bear.
So come and see Henry excitedly exploring Polar Bear Shores with Mum Liya.
Polar Bear Shores
Sea World's $1.5M extension to Polar Bear Shores, Polar Pre-School allows Liya and the cub as well as the twin male bears Hudson and Nelson to be viewed by the public at the same time. Polar Pre-School is a wonderfully enriching environment featuring a large pool, and various substrates and natural vegetation as well as foraging pits for the bears to dig and play in.
At Polar Bear Shores you can observe the bear's graceful underwater swimming and playful behaviours through large underwater viewing windows and learn about these massive marine mammals through detailed information boards and fascinating interpretive information. With a cascading waterfall and a winding creek, a large main pool that is up to four metres deep to encourage deep and shallow diving, an array of climbing outcrops, fallen trees, shrubs and other structures and a strategically placed rock platform enabling long distance viewing across the exhibit and beyond, Polar Bear Shores is a naturalistic environment which aims to constantly stimulate the bears.
Polar Bear Shores is the only exhibit in Australia where you can see the world's largest land carnivore up close, and one that provides a unique educational experience that assists, through a wider public awareness, the conservation effort of this perfectly adapted marine mammal. Visit the 'Cub Progress' tab above for regular updates on the Polar Bear Cub or watch the latest vision in the slider.
For your chance to see the Polar bears, buy Theme Park Tickets online to visit Sea World today!
From the ancient cave bears evolved the Brown bear; Ursus arctos, the American black bear; Ursus americanus and the Asiatic black bear; Selenarctos thibetanus. From the Brown bear evolved the newest species of bear (only 20,000 years old) the Polar bear; Ursus maritimus. The Polar bear is the heaviest, weighing up to 680 kilograms but its narrow silhouette, well adapted for swimming, make it appear smaller than the longer and more robust brown bear. Males of all bear species are usually larger than the female, sometimes as much as 50% larger.
Did you know a group of Polar Bears is called a celebration?
So this year Sea World and the Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation are celebrating International Polar Bear Day.
On Saturday, March 1 Sea World will be throwing a pool party for our Polar Bears as a fun way to draw attention to the major threat to this species, climate change.
Celebrations will include in-exhibit enrichment for our bears in the form of giant ice-blocks, fancy fruit and the bears’ favourite toys. There will also be an in-park education table for our guests to learn more about Polar Bears and their plight.
Polar Bears rely on the sea ice to hunt, breed and sometimes to den but this ice has decreased by three percent each decade since the 1970s.
This warming trend is very worrying for the 20,000-25,000 Polar Bears around the world.
Scientists predict that as the Arctic continues to warm due to climate change, two-thirds of the world’s polar bears could disappear by mid-century. Hope remains if action is taken to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The number one thing you can do to help Polar Bears is reduce your energy use. Join us on Saturday March 1 at Sea World to learn more about these beautiful animals and what you can do to help.
Learn more about the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation.