Polar bears are classified as marine mammals because they spend most of their time on the frozen Arctic sea ice. Males can weigh up to 1,430 pounds and grow as long as 10 feet in length. Large carnivores, like Polar bears, are sensitive indicators of the health of our enviornment. But only 20,000-25,000 of these powerful animals remain in the wild and their survival is in jeapordy.
Climate change, which leads to the loss of Arctic sea ice, is the leading threat to Polar bears. Over the last 50 years, the Arctic has warmed at a rate twice the global average. The survival of Polar bears and the threat to their marine habitat are urgent issues for The World Wildlife Fund and conservationists.
A shorter sea ice season has decreased the amount of time bears can hunt their prey and forces them to spend the Summer without significant feeding, relying on their fat stores from the previous Summer to survive. As their ice habitat shrinks, skinnier and hungrier bears face grave challenges. Many Polar bears now suffer from malnutrition and starvation, especially females with cubs. Researchers predict up to 73 percent of pregnant females in this population will fail to bring their cubs to term, given current and anticipated sea ice conditions.
Oliver is donating his 5th birthday celebration to benefit the World Wildlife Fund, a non-profit organization which works across the globe to help protect wildlife from threats like climate change and habitat destruction. In lieu of traditional birthday gifts this year, Oliver's wish is for his friends and family to help him symbollically adopt a Polar bear; when he reaches his $250 goal, he will receive a certificate of adoption and a big stuffed bear in honor of his effort. Please share this video and his mission with your children and join Glitter Lemonade in championing his cause!
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