The Memphis Zoo is inviting the public to join their celebration of International Polar Bear Day on Sunday, March 3rd.
Throughout the day, visitors can attend multiple enrichment chats with the polar bear keepers, see a special sea lion show, paint a blue barrel to be given to the polar bears later in the day, and more! The International Polar Bear Day festivities will take place in the Northwest Passage.
Schedule of Events, Sunday, Mar. 3
- All day Pledge Tree: Kids will have the opportunity to make a thumbprint pledge, promising one simple action to help save polar bears in the wild.
- 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Barrel painting
- 12 p.m. Extensive Polar Bear Chat with zookeeper focusing on the zoo’s male bear Payton
- 1 p.m. – Extensive Polar Bear Chat with zookeeper focusing on the zoo’s female bear Haley
- 2 p.m. – Conservation and Research Chat delving into everything Polar Bears International is doing to help save the sea ice habitats, essential for polar bears’ survival.
- 3 p.m. – Sea lion show
- 3:15 p.m. – Enrichment Chat with the keepers focusing on all the fun enrichment toys used with the polar bears, including the bears’ favorite toys
- 4 p.m. – Painted barrel delivered to bears for play time! Keepers will discuss training programs for the bears.
Memphis Zoo is also offering a new long-sleeved shirt design for sale, with all proceeds going directly to Polar Bears International for the preservation of sea ice habitats. Each shirt costs $20 and will be sold at Northwest Passage’s underwater viewing area.
International Polar Bear Day was created by Polar Bears International to draw attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic, and how we each can help.