Polar Bear Plunge: Re-Opened!
This past Friday, we kicked off opening day with media covering the fun and exciting VIP party. With about 200 special guests in attendance, I was asked to give a walking tour from the new storybook area all the way through the enhanced guest area to the awe-inspiring Experience Wall. It was no surprise that adults and kids alike were thrilled with the new additions to Polar Bear Plunge.
Keep in mind, Polar Bear Plunge was originally built in 1996 with the goal to be one of the best zoo polar bear habitats, and, of course, that goal was met. To this day it remains one of the best opportunities for people to see how bears live in the summer tundra of the North. One thing that was not a concern when it was built in 1996 was discussing the habitat loss that polar bears experience, because there wasn’t really anything significant back in 1996.
However, since that time there have been many changes to the polar bear’s habitat in the wild. Our researchers and conservation partners who study these wonderful animals have been recording dramatic changes over the years. As a conservation organization we believe it is our responsibility to educate our guests and connect them to wildlife and conservation. Today, Polar Bear Plunge is now one of the best polar bear experiences for our animals and guests alike!
As you can see from our new Polar Bear Plunge Web site, there are now many new elements to explore and enjoy. From here you can make a pledge to help the polar bears and post that pledge on your Facebook page, learn “heaps of cool stuff,” and play some interactive games to keep you inspired to follow through with your pledge. Keep in mind that while you’re on the Polar Bear Plunge Web site you can visit the popular Polar Bear Cam that many people enjoy around the world.
Rick Schwartz is the San Diego Zoo’s ambassador. Read his previous post, Touring Fun in Phoenix.