Create Polar Bear Sanctuary

  • by: Marli Delucca
  • target: Vladimir Putin, President Russian Federation

His Excellency President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin,

Create the First Russian Polar Bear Sanctuary to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned polar bear cubs they are being exported out of Russia and are suffering in zoos and aquariums in the world.

In the recent years, the polar bears have been the symbol of several campaigns about how the Arctic is being affected by climate changes. However, even with the threat of polar bears extinction, they continue to die; due to famine and poaching, and the forced imprisonment that is imposed to orphaned cubs, which are taken to zoos where they lose their ability to reproduce and their instincts.

Recently, a couple of polar bears was placed in wooden boxes, where they stayed for days without water or food, being transported from Russia to Brazil.

Aurora, a female polar bear, was removed from nature for four months of life together with her sister, after her mother was killed by hunters. They were taken to the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk where they were breastfed. But instead of being reintroduced into the wildlife, they were separated and Aurora was sent to the Udmurtia zoo in Izhevsk city, to become the wife of the Pilgrim male Polar Bear, name chosen due to the fact that with only three years of life he had been in four Russian zoos, which received the animal without having a proper enclosure for host him.

And there are indications that the male polar bear is not owned by the Kazan zoo, which may also have been born in the wild

In the Izhevsk zoo, Aurora and Pilgrim lived comfortably for three years in a 17.700 ft³ pool until December 2014, when they were boxed and shipped to “live” in ‘seaworld’ indoors aquarium in the São Paulo city – Brazil country, which faces an unprecedented and without deadline water crisis. Please order the couple polar bear Aurora and Pilgrim, return to their mother country - Russia.

Like Aurora, dozens of other polar bear orphans were removed from the wildlife to be breastfed and have never been reintroduced to nature. Protected and under the ownership of parks and zoos that aim only to breed cubs in order to attract more visitors, - while at the same time send the adolescents and adults polar bears to live in other establishments, which aim human entertainment more than the welfare of the species, polar bears get sick, they mutilate themselves and live repeating their movements in the dance of frustration.

Polar bears belong to the Ursidae family, which includes black and brown bears and pandas. For all other members of bears family, there are shrines, where bears are fed, treated and recovered to be reintroduced into the wildlife. For all, except the polar bear, which according to data from the Expert Group on polar bears - PBSG, there has been seen only 8,606 polar bears in the last 10 years.

In the wildlife, polar bears are able to reproduce in a much larger number of brood than when living in captivity. While in the wildlife from two to three cubs are born in each gestation, within the captivity the gestation of a polar bear produces a single calf - where only one survives each three births in zoos.

So we ask the support of all people around the world in order to create the first sanctuary for polar bears; a location within a protected reserve in the tundra, their natural habitat where polar bears and their orphans can live and be fed at home, to return to live on average 40 years, as pointed out by the Russian Geographical Society.

As a statement of Kazan City Hall, the couple of polar bears Aurora and Pilgrim would stay in Brazil only for two years, for which we also ask to leave Brazil immediately, as these few months living on Brazilian land they have already shown repetitive and stereotyped behaviors due to they are in a completely different environment than living in Russia, which was outdoors.

In Brazil, the polar bears are locked in an aquarium – the Brazilian ‘seaworld’- a five-time smaller environment than living in Russia, and completely unnatural for their species, does not meet the recommended standards Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The fact that the largest carnivore on Earth is currently starving due to poaching of more than two million seals, the main polar bears’ food; and the mortality due to diseases caused by pollution in the Arctic polar circle, should be the main campaigns and projects’ theme that envision the climate change issue.

At the current circumstances, the polar bears will be extinct long before the ice of ice sheets are disappearing faster than anyone predicted the global-warming.

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