YWPF works with its partners Polar Bears International
to protect polar bears.
Conservation, welfare and education:
Project Polar is the YWPF’s flagship initiative. Working in association with Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Polar Bears International
, it is part of an international centre for conservation, rehabilitation and research to improve the welfare of polar bears in captivity and in the wild. Project Polar helps to educate people about the serious threats that polar bears are facing and contributes to education programmes in Canada, Greenland, Russia and Norway.
Conservation for species impacted by climate change:
YWPF has been a key player in working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN]
to produce its `Guidelines for Assessing Species Vulnerability to Climate Change’, a landmark report warning of the impact of shifting weather patterns on wildlife and global biodiversity. These standards will help conservation campaigners and projects in the battle to ensure species are not lost through climate change.
Research into denning behaviour:
Denning is the process by which pregnant mothers dig a large hole to create a den in which she gives birth and then comes out after three months. During this time, the mother survives using reserved fat in the body.
YWPF supports a vital research project, undertaken by its partners, Polar Bears International
in Svalbard, looking into the effects of climate change on polar bears’ denning behaviour, and the extent to which the loss of sea ice is affecting mothers and cubs.
Funding for education programmes
Education and learning programmes are really important tools in helping people to understand challenges and change their attitudes and behaviours. YWPF funds a Polar Bears International
education programme, which aims to educate communities – especially school children living in the range states of wild polar bears in Canada, Greenland and Russia – in the importance of looking after these amazing animals.