Polar Bear Work in Full Swing at Pittsburgh Zoo


(Pittsburgh) (October 2011)— The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has made a concerted effort to reduce the effects of climate change and help to conserve polar bears and their environment by participating in several conservation efforts.  This month, Jennifer Funk, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium keeper and three South Allegheny School students are traveling to Churchill, Manitoba as part of a leadership camp sponsored by Polar Bears International. “I am excited to see the behavior of the bears in the wild, the conflicts they experience, and how environmental changes are affecting their existence,” says Ms. Funk. She will share her experience at a special presentation at the Zoo, titled Polar Bears on the Brink in early December. Pre-regisration is required.

The Zoo also boasts a grand prize winning team for Project Polar Bear, a national contest for high school students designed to encourage students to develop projects to reduce our carbon dioxide output and slow the warming of the Arctic. This year’s grand prize winner was the Energy Angels, three students from South Allegheny High School. With the help of their teachers and consultation with Zoo Education Curator Margie Marks, the Energy Angels spearheaded one of the most successful student Polar Bears International projects in the nation. The Energy Angels won a trip to see the polar bears in their natural habitat. “This is a once in a lifetime trip for the girls,” says Margie Marks, Zoo Curator of Conservation Education. “What they experience will be invaluable in their efforts to encourage everyone to stop and think about our actions and the consequences that result.”

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is looking for teenagers who want to make a difference! Teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 years from local schools are invited to participate in Project Polar Bear, Entry deadline is Monday, October 31. Visit http://pghzoo.me/pvy6fO

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium continues to expand its efforts to help protect polar bears and their environment with participation in several conservation efforts led by Polar Bears International. To learn more about all the ways you can help to save polar bears and reduce your own carbon footprint, visit www.pittsburghzoo.org/stepgreen.