Depending on pack ice for their habitat, polar bears are threatened by climate change—and by traffic in their fur and parts.

As the ice that supports the species diminishes, polar bears’ numbers are dwindling too. The bears need us to ensure that hunters, the oil and fishing industries and avoidable human-bear conflicts don’t add to the pressure on these beautiful mammals.

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Polar bears are strong swimmers.

Polar bear feet not only have fur and bumpy pads that help them keep traction on the ice, their feet are also particularly wide, helping them work as paddles in the chilly sea.

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Did you know?

The mighty polar bear can swim six miles an hour for 60 miles without rest.

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For every animal saved, there are countless others who still need someone to be their voice. Start saving lives today.

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