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.

polar bear standing on ice
Peter Barritt
Alamy Stock Photo
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.

polar bear swimming
Did you know?

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

Scared yellow dog left out in the rain and mud

For every animal saved, countless others are still suffering. By stepping up for them, you can create a future where animals no longer have to suffer in puppy mills, factory farms, testing labs or other heartbreaking situations. Start saving lives today!

Kathy Milani / The HSUS