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International Polar Bear Day (February 27)

Check out the weird holiday International Polar Bear Day on February 27. Learn the history of this day, and get ideas on how to celebrate.

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History of International Polar Bear Day

This weird holiday celebrating polar bears is an unofficial holiday that was created by Polar Bears International (PBI). PBI is the only nonprofit dedicated solely to wild polar bears, and this holiday has been celebrated since at least 2011.

Polar bears are struggling as a whole right now and their population is severely declining. They are the largest carnivores on land, but they rely on seals for food. With the seal population declining due to shorter ice seasons and melting sea ice, the lack of food is causing polar bears to wander into human territory.

The lack of food means that many polar bears are now vulnerable to many diseases that they have never before encountered. This decline in the polar bear population is why PBI created this holiday.

Did you know that polar bears are actually black, and not white? Their fur is completely transparent and their skin is black! The fur then reflects the sunlight in such a way that human eyes interpret it as white.

Polar bears can reach a height of 9 feet and a weight of 1,400 pounds. They are strong swimmers because their front paws are webbed slightly. They are also considered to all be left-handed. The Inuit term for polar bear is “nanuq.”

A rare jawbone in Norway that was discovered in 2004 leads scientists to believe that polar bears have been around for over 150,000 years. Their existence is vital to a balanced ecosystem in the Arctic.

In the 1700s, hunters from North Ameria, Russia, and Europe began to significantly eradicate the species. At the time, there were no regulations, and this also began to affect the indigenous peoples living in the northernmost parts of the world.

The first polar bear was documented in 1774 when Constantine John Phipps wrote an official report about his trip to the North Pole in 1773.

It wasn’t until 1973 that Denmark, Norway, the United States, and the USSR signed the International Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears and Their Habitat. This agreement marked polar bears as endangered in the United States, and it allowed the regulation and enforcement of commercial hunting of polar bears.

The PBI was later formed in 1994. Later, the International Union for Conservation of Nature classified polar bears as “vulnerable,” which means that the polar bear population could decline by over 1/3 within three generations. In 2008, they became considered “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

Ideas for International Polar Bear Day

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate polar bears.

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