And “bundle up for polar bears” Feb. 27

ROYAL OAK, Mich. February 22, 2012 – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) wants visitors to give carbon emissions the cold shoulder by celebrating International Polar Bear Day at the Detroit Zoo on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The DZS will host free activities at the award-winning Arctic Ring of Life to help raise awareness of energy conservation and the effect it has on polar bear survival. 

A tree-planting ceremony with Boy Scouts from Greenwood School in St. Clair Shores will kick off the day’s events, which will include polar bear enrichment and zookeeper talks at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.  Guests can make “green pledges” to conserve energy and hang them on a giving tree, and kids can decorate light switch covers with green messages to take home as a reminder to turn off the lights.  

“Our hope is that the million-plus people who visit the Detroit Zoo each year leave here with a greater understanding of the issues facing polar bears and the realization that everyone can do something to help save the bears and their arctic habitat,” said DZS Chief Life Sciences Officer Scott Carter.

In addition, the DZS is encouraging businesses, schools and families in the community to show their support of polar bear conservation on International Polar Bear Day, Monday, Feb. 27, by “bundling up for polar bears” in warm clothing and turning down their thermostats two degrees.

The DZS last year received the “Champion of Polar Bears” award from Polar Bears International in recognition of its commitment to carbon reduction and environmental awareness education.