Our journey with Nanuk, the polar bear on our adoption scheme has come to an end for now as her satellite collar has stopped working. It is most likely that the collar has fallen off, which they are designed to do after some time. In such a large and hostile environment like the Arctic, working with large animals is a big challenge and without the signal transmitted by Nanuk’s collar, our research team from the Canadian Wildlife Service will be unable to locate her. If they do come across Nanuk again during their studies though, be sure that we will let you know in future updates.
However, Nick Lunn, the lead scientist for the team, continues his field programme, capturing polar bears in the Western Hudson Bay area to document their weight, size, blood samples, and health and behaviour patterns. During their most recent work, they have come across another adult female polar bear, Wapusk, who we would like to introduce to you and ask that you join us in welcoming her to our polar bear adoption programme.
Like all polar bears today, Wapusk desparately needs our help. During the winter, the frozen sea ice of Canada’s Hudson Bay is Wapusk’s home and hunting ground to provide food for herself and her young cub. In the summer, when the sea ice is melting, Wapusk is forced to retreat to the coastal areas around the bay near Churchill, where she must fast until the ice returns. Because of the ever increasing threat of global warming, this is taking longer to happen each year.
Wapusk is closely watched over by a dedicated team of researchers, including world-renowned polar bear experts Dr Ian Stirling and Dr Nick Lunn, from the Canadian Wildlife Service and the University of Alberta, who have been studying her community for over 30 years. Worryingly her population is steadily declining. Scientists now fear that over 30% of the world's polar bear population will be lost within the next 35 years.
The bears’ decline has been brought about by hunting and global warming, which robs polar bears of a place to live by reducing the sea ice on which they depend in the never ending hunt for food.
Achievements to date
Dr Lunn’s research results have already been instrumental in achieving increased legal protection for polar bears like Wapusk. Care for the Wild (CWI) is also teaming up with the Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD) in the USA to spread awareness of the polar bears’ plight and to highlight how we can all do our bit to reduce global warming. A Public Service Announcement will be sent to 900 TV stations in the US as well as promoted online through banner ads and internet sites such as YouTube.
Care for the Wild International (CWI) supports Dr Lunn's vital research, which ensures polar bears are afforded the best possible protection they deserve. If we want to conserve Wapusk and her wild friends, we must continue with this important work. By becoming a foster parent you are enabling us to continue improving the lives of polar bears and other displaced or injured animals, and to protect the habitats of their wild counterparts .
For just £24.95* you can adopt Wapusk for one year.
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* As featured on ITN News Special - November 2008 *