A group of male and female bears aged between 5 and 12 years old, which live in the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic – a group of islands owned by Norway. WWF is tracking the polar bears as they travel across the sea ice, to find out how they are adapting to climate change.

The threats to Svalbard polar bears

Reducing sea ice caused by climate change
Toxic chemicals and pollution in the marine environment. Toxic levels increase as they move up the food chain leading to health problems in polar bears
Increased industrial activity in the Arctic including:
Oil and gas exploration
Transportation of oil increasing the risks of oil spills

How you are helping the Svalbard polar bears

£5 a month could buy six oil spill clean-up kits for an Arctic volunteer in the Barents Sea.
£10 a month could pay for helicopter fuel for two and a half hours when tracking polar bears across the rugged Arctic terrain.

Whats in your Adopt A Polar Bear pack

WWF Polar Bear Adoption PackWhen adopting the Svalbard polar bears through the WWF polar bear adoption scheme, you will receive a WWF Adopt A Polar Bear gift containing:
– A gorgeous soft toy of your polar bear
– A fact booklet about your adopted polar bear
– A print of your adopted polar bear
– A greetings card
– Tips on how you can lead a greener lifestyle
– Updates on your polar bear in the WWF 4-monthly newsletter called Insight