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Show some love, along with tons of respect, for these fluffy, strong animals who are so iconic – and also just enormous! World Bear Day brings attention to how cool these mammals are, but the day is also meant to raise awareness for the ways that their habitats may be at risk and reminding people how they can help. 

History of World Bear Day

World Bear Day has been celebrated for more than three decades since it was first established in 1992. Starting out small, this day has grown in scope and popularity over the years as it shows appreciation for these spectacular furry creatures.

Other than Australia and Antarctica, every continent has a bear that is native to its lands. But with six of the eight species of bears on the threatened or endangered list, bears face some difficult circumstances. Because these are solitary animals that require a great deal of space to live and hunt, the places where bears live have been severely limited over the past several decades. Due to the expansion of logging, agriculture and climate change, as well as human encroachment, bear populations are declining.

Celebrate World Bear Day to show support and raise awareness about the needs of these marvelous creatures!

How to Celebrate World Bear Day

Get on board and have loads of fun by sharing in the excitement of World Bear Day. Celebrate by getting started with some of these ideas:

Learn Fun Facts About Bears

Perhaps one enjoyable way to get involved with World Bear Day might be to learn some interesting bits of trivia about them and then share with friends, family members and more. Certainly, parents and teachers will find that children benefit from sharing the excitement about and interest in this fascinating beast.

Consider some of these amazing facts about bears in honor of World Bear Day:

  • While they can usually only survive for around 25 years in the wild, when kept in captivity a bear’s life span may last up to twice that – up to 50 years!

  • Even though they are big, bears are also super fast. Depending on the species, a bear may be able to run upwards of forty miles per hour.

  • When a bear hibernates in the winter, it can spend up to 100 days or more than three months without waking up.

Make a Charitable Donation

Many of the world’s non-profit organizations are dedicated to helping various animals by protecting their habitats. World Bear Day would be an ideal time to show support by making a small donation on behalf of the bears. A quick online search will reveal a wide range of different bear charities, including the American Bear Association, the Grizzly Bear Foundation, the Great Bear Foundation and many more.

Other super exciting times to celebrate these incredible mammals include National Black Bear Day in June, International Polar Bear Day in February, and National Panda Day which is also in March.  

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