First experience with Snow Toronto Zoo




Polar bears den-311 Trees

When I decided to write this new blog I felt I had a lot to tell. But where to start?

I guess the best place to start is at the beginning of a polar bears life.cubsindenz

This picture shows a polar bears den. Obviously the cubs are a bit older in this picture as when they are born they are totally reliant on Mom for everything so I think they would be in the same chamber with her at first.

The thing that is also different today in 2012/2013 is that polar bears are lucky if they have two cubs, let a lone three.

Both male & female weights are down so the females are not able to have as many cubs. They do not start to breed until they are around 6 – 8 years old and then only have a litter every few years.

The cubs will stay with Mom until the are 2-2.5 yrs old and then they are on their own.

Like most aspects of polar-bear life, the pregnancy process is about energy conservation. A pregnant female feeds heavily in the spring to build up her fat reserves and prepare for a maternity rest in the fall. In the maternity den, only the cubs eat, consuming their mother’s high-fat breast milk for their first months of life.

Polar bear mothers, like this one in Manitoba, stay with their cubs for about two years.

Wayne R Bilenduke/Stone/Getty Images

In late fall, the female digs a cave in a snowdrift, either on a mountainside very close to sea ice or on the sea ice itself. This den is protected from the wind, and provides a secure place to sleep. In early winter, the female gives birth after an approximate eight-month gestation period

. However, it only takes four months for the unborn cub to actually develop. During the first four months of pregnancy, the embryo is stagnant in the uterus while the mother gains the weight (about 450 pounds or 200 kilograms) she’ll need to ensure its development and proper feeding after birth.

There are typically two cubs per litter, and they’re surprisingly small. A cub weighs about a pound at birth and measures about a foot long. It’s also blind, toothless and lacking insulation, with only very short, thin fur. Polar bear cubs have no chance of survival without their mother. The family stays in the maternity den until early spring, and the mother doesn’t drink, eat or defecate during that time. All she does is protect and feed her young. Even after they leave the den, cubs stay with their mom until they’re about two years old, learning to hunt, clean themselves and survive in the harshest of habitats.

Like many mothers in the animal kingdom, a polar bear will kill anyone or anything that comes near her young. Polar bears are predators, pure and simple. So what happens when they get stuck on land, with people around? There might be trouble — but as we’ll find out, polar bears seldom go looking for a fight with a human.

The average life of a polar bear is 15-18 years although scientists have tagged a bear who reached 30 years old and one bear lived to be 42 in a zoo in Canada says the american non profit Polarbears International.

I guess that goes to show if they had more to eat they could probably live longer in the wild and produce more young.

By the way, the female polar bear who’s cubs died at the Toronto Zoo recently was a new Mom. They think she must have laid on them and suffocated them as their tummy’s were full when they found them dead the following morning.

They were no signs of stress to the cubs, they just think she is an inexperienced mom.

Maybe she needed a den like the picture above? Maybe the baby cubs would not be in the same chamber as mom and then she wouldn’t have suffocated them?

We all try to do the right thing. Bu I think the right thing is for them to be in their natural habitat with lots of ice!

One way we can help with that is to plant a tree. The tree will help cool our earth and slow the well publisized “Global Warming.”

You can call 311 in Toronto and ask them to plant a tree on your property. Toronto has a great policy that for every tree that dies or is cut down they will plant another one.You can ask them any question about the city and you actually speak to someone. It is a great feature and I really appreciate it.

You can plant certain types of trees in the spring and others in the fall. You will be put on a list and they will come to your house to see where you want to plant. So make that call now and get on the list. If you live outside the city limits you may call 416 392-2489.

Can’t wait to hear how your new tree is doing!

Arctic Footprints-Renu the polar bear, Stepping Out Of The Past

For those of you who have not already read my book I have decided to make it easier to find so here it is.

Just double click on the AF F1 below and scroll down to read.

Feel free to pass it along and if you would like a copy of the book for a child, daycare, or yourself  just make a comment or email

Thanks for reading!


The time to educate everyone was yesterday, the time to act is now!

On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes and the glacier retreated a full mile across a calving face three miles wide. The height of the ice is about 3,000 feet, 300-400 feet above water and the rest below water.

Polar Bears

Hello everyone,

You may be thrilled or bored but I have decided to write a new blog!

If you haven’t already you may still read my blog about the hospitality/trade school I hope to open in Kalabo, Zambia, Africa at in 2015′.

This blog will be about Polar Bears. (I know, I am going from Hot to Cold.)

Some of the information is happy & cute, but some is not so happy.

My goal here is to educate as many as I can about how we can reverse ” Global Warming” and save the polar bears.

Especially children! I hope there will still be polar bears in 20 years time so they may actually see a real one.

There are only 25,000 left in our world.

So…I have written a book. You may read the book at It is called Arctic Footprints-Renu the polar bear, Stepping out of the Past.

I just found out yesterday there are only 25,000 lions left in Africa as well so that may be my next children’s book. I hope to step out of the past and change the way we treat our planet.

I woke up the morning of November 13, 2010 with this idea in my head and wrote a poem about Renu. The idea was; They have the Will to Live, they are Lucky to be alive, so lets help Renew the Species, hence the names of the polar bears in the poem.

If we could build a floating raft out of light weight recycled plastic to look like an ice break it may save a polar bears life.
They die of exhaustion trying to swim to a solid surface and there are many documented photos of them swimming in the middle of the ocean.

We could put a cave on the raft for protection from the elements and a stinky fish head bait bag to attract them to the raft. Once they eat the fish there will be a seal skin cover underneath, and when they chew through that, they access a fresh water holding tank in the bottom of the raft to drink from.
If we are seeing aerial views of these bears swimming, then there must be
planes or helicopters taking the pictures. A helicopter could drop one of these rafts near
the swimming bear and hopefully he would swim to it.

I know it sounds far fetched, but I have already priced having a raft built and it would only cost about $3000.00. The most expensive part would be the helicopter. I hope to get scientists on board to make this a reality. If I can save even just one bear it would be worth it.

While doing some research on the subject I found there is quite a following on where World Wildlife Fund staff answers questions about the Polar Bear situation.

Thanks to: Canadian Wildlife Federation

Magazines “Canadian Wildlife” and “Wild” (For kids of all ages), Polar Bears International.

Macleans magazine, February 20,2012 issue.

With the proceeds of the sale of this book I am hoping to open a Polar Bear Rescue Centre in northern Canada to dispatch these rafts and find ways to ensure that polar bears continue to live and hopefully thrive.

This centre will create jobs, awareness and education for generations to come.

To learn how to reduce your carbon footprint: , 101 ways to reduce your carbon footprint The David Suzuki Foundation, search carbon footprint.

You may reach Joanne by email if you would like to contribute to help build these islands or purchase a book.

Thank you for your support!