Arctic Wanderers: 22 incredible photos of polar bears
The New Big 5 project is creating a New Big 5 of wildlife photography, rather than hunting. Shooting with a camera, not a gun. The project is supported by more than 150 photographers, conservationists and wildlife charities.
Did you know… polar bears’ fur isn’t actually white? Find out more in our article Everything You Need To Know About Polar Bears
“Scientists estimate the global polar bear population is around 20,000 to 25,000. The IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group lists the polar bear as a vulnerable species, citing sea ice loss from climate change as the single biggest threat to their survival. Polar bears are dependent on sea ice, and all sea ice is being affected by the increasing temperatures in the Arctic. Without action on climate change, we could see dramatic declines in polar bear numbers by the middle of this century.” Dr. Thea Bechshoft, Polar Bears International
Find out more about the work Polar Bears International are doing to protect polar bears, including on climate change and human-wildlife conflict reduction at polarbearsinternational.org
Climate change isn’t the only threat facing polar bears. Hundreds of polar bears are hunted and killed each year for their skins and as trophies. Around 53,500 were hunted between 1963 and 2016, twice as many as are alive today.
Find out more about the work People For Nature And Peace do to protect polar bears at www.peoplefornatureandpeace.org
Marco Gaiotti: @marcogaiotti_naturephotography
Shogo Asao: www.rakuensanka.com