Changing Planet

The measure of a polar bear

Here’s why you really don’t want to encounter a polar bear in the wild.

This bear statue is part of the “How You Measure Up” area of an exhibit at San Diego Zoo that will give guests the chance to see how they compare to a polar bear–in height, weight and food consumption. This lifesize statue of a male polar bear measures 10 feet 1 inches tall, the same height as the Zoo’s male polar bear, Kalluk.


Construction workers at the zoo placed the polar bear statue outside the polar bear exhibit yesterday.

Photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

The Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge exhibit is being redesigned for visitors to address the challenges facing polar bears due to climate change.

Read about a National Geographic photographer who approaches wild polar bears for the best shots. 

Forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. He has 120,000 followers on social media. David Braun edits the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. Follow David on Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn

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