Denver Zoo Asks Public to Bundle up for Polar Bears

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In celebration of International Polar Bear Day on Wednesday, February 27, the zoo and Polar Bears International invite people to take the "Thermostat Challenge" by turning down the temperature in their home by two degrees to preserve polar bear habitat.

Denver Zoo is asking the public to take the "Thermostat Challenge" by turning down the heat in their homes by a couple degrees.

Denver Zoo polar bear Cranbeary enjoys a special ice thermometer in advance of International Polar Bear Day.

Even small adjustments by humans can make a big difference. By taking part in the Thermostat Challenge and turning down the heat by a couple degrees we can each show our commitment to a healthier planet.

Denver Zoo is encouraging the public to bundle up for polar bears. In celebration of International Polar Bear Day on Wednesday, February 27, the zoo and Polar Bears International invite people to take the “Thermostat Challenge” by turning down the temperature in their home by two degrees to preserve polar bear habitat. Guests can further show their support on the day by wearing white to the zoo and receiving buy one, get one free admission.

Reducing our carbon footprint can slow and even reverse climate change, which causes sea ice to melt. Polar bears require sea ice to reach their prey and without it, polar bears can’t survive. Even small adjustments by humans can make a big difference. By taking part in the Thermostat Challenge and turning down the heat by a couple degrees we can each show our commitment to a healthier planet. Make the commitment for the day to honor the wild polar bears or make a long term commitment and leave your thermostats turned down for the rest of the winter season.

Guests can even win prizes for their involvement. Everyone that joins this event on the zoo’s Facebook page, shares it on their own Facebook page and helps Denver Zoo spread the word about ways we can help save polar bears will be entered to win special prizes from Denver Zoo! Prizes include a special behind-the-scenes tour of the polar bear area at Denver Zoo’s Northern Shores, programmable thermostats and reusable mugs!

Denver Zoo will also show its support with a “White Out” event, in which guests who wear white on February 27 will receive buy one, get one free admission that day.

In 2011, Denver Zoo was declared an Arctic Ambassador Center by Polar Bears International (PBI). The goal of this partnership is to create stewardship opportunities and foster conservation actions that will increase public awareness of, and engage action towards, reducing CO2 to help save polar bear habitat.

About Denver Zoo: Denver Zoo is home to 3,800 animals representing more than 650 species and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA accreditation assures the highest standards of animal care.

A leader in environmental action, Denver Zoo is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species and is the first U.S. zoo to receive ISO 14001 certification for the entire facility and operations. This international certification ensures the zoo is attaining the highest environmental standards.

Since 1996, Denver Zoo has participated in 594 conservation projects in 62 countries on all seven continents. In 2012 alone, Denver Zoo participated in 98 projects in 18 countries and more than $1 million in funds was spent by the zoo in support of animal conservation in the field.

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