Eight species of bears roam the world's landscapes, with four of them represented at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium... black bears, brown bears, polar bears and sloth bears.
Every species of bear faces a challenge that threatens their existence. Polar bears rely on sea ice for hunting food and denning, but this process has been challenging because of increasing climate change. The Zoo has found major success with polar bear breeding, with its footage of denning behavior being utilized by researchers in the Arctic! They've also partnered with organizations such as Polar Bear International to continue advocating for conservation efforts.