See the King of the Arctic in its natural habitat on a polar bear tour to Churchill, Manitoba ➜ http://www.nathab.com/polar...
In recent years, polar bears have faced mounting challenges as global warming has started to melt their icy environment. Natural Habitat Adventures, a worldwide leader in ecotourism and responsible nature travel for 25 years, offers small-group travel to Churchill, Manitoba - a.k.a. "The Polar Bear Capital of the World." In this clip, our founder and director Ben Bressler tells you all about these magnificent creatures.
To find out more about our Polar Bear Tours, visit http://www.nathab.com/polar...
The polar bear, a magnificent creature that lives in an environment engulfed in ice.
For many months, these mammals survive in areas where sea ice meets water
in order to hunt seals that make up most of their diet.
In recent years the ice has been dwindling,
and with perhaps one-third less ice in these northern regions then there was just
twenty years ago,
the future is uncertain for the King of the Arctic.
I'm Ben Bressler, founder Natural Habitat Adventures, and I've always been
drawn to these animals,
so regal and proud, majestic and mystifying.
It is important to bring the story of the
mighty polar bear to the world. Living most of the year high in the Arctic,
only a handful humans have the chance to view them
in their natural habitat. On the tundra area surrounding
Churchill, the small grain port on the shores of Hudson Bay,
we have that opportunity.
The Northland is indeed a harsh environment. The creatures who live here
adapt well, and the indigenous people of the North
live a hearty, and soulful existence.
as the bears await winter's freeze south of the Arctic Circle
a select group of visitors can share the realm of the polar bear.
We stay at small hotels in town, or at our specially
outfitted rolling Tundra Lodge, and head out by Polar Rovers
on daily northern safaris. We are privileged in our journey
as the Northland beckons. Young males play fight,
mothers protect their young,
and solitary giant males patrol the shores, all
waiting for winter's freeze.
after a long dark winter of fattening up, bears once again return to
Churchill. It is our sincere hope
that this annual spectacle of nature will continue
far in the future.