One Day Polar Bear Adventure in support of Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Once again we are happy to announce that Frontiers North will be hosting a One Day Polar Bear Adventure in support of the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s polar bear research and conservation efforts.

Guests will join Dr. Stephen D. Petersen, Head of Conservation and Research at Assiniboine Park Zoo on a one-day excursion to Churchill, Manitoba, Polar Bear Capital of the World. For each guest on the tour, Frontiers North Adventures will donate $150 to Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC).

“It’s always exciting when I get to see bears in the wild and I welcome the opportunity to share some insights about the importance of polar bear research and conservation and how it relates to climate change,” said Dr. Stephen Petersen. “We are grateful to Frontiers North Adventures for their support, and are excited to have a part in introducing guests to the inspiration for our Journey to Churchill exhibit.”

The November 6th adventure includes round-trip airfare to Churchill from Winnipeg, a full-day Tundra Buggy® excursion, lunch and a light dinner, and transfers. The cost is $1,599 CDN per person, which includes a $150 donation to the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. The excursion will also be joined by a Field Ambassador from conservation organization Polar Bears International.

“We partner with the Assiniboine Park Conservancy on this adventure, strengthening the relationship between Churchill and the ‘Journey to Churchill’ experience,” said John Gunter, CEO of Frontiers North Adventures. “Guests enjoy the truly unique experience of viewing polar bears in the wild from the safety of a Tundra Buggy. Plus, their participation is resulting in a donation to Assiniboine Park Conservancy which helps more people learn about polar bear conservation through the work being done at the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.”

A key component of the Journey to Churchill exhibit, the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre is a hub for environmental and wildlife education, research and conservation. This state-of-the-art facility ensures that Manitoba remains a centre of global influence in polar bear conservation while providing a unique experience for Manitoban families and visitors alike.

Dr. Stephen Petersen is the Head of Conservation and Research for Assiniboine Park Zoo. Dr. Petersen started his education at the University of Alberta then moved to Nova Scotia to study the phylogenetics of southern flying squirrels for his Master of Science. He then completed a PhD at Trent University in Ontario studying population genetics of Arctic mammals. Following his doctoral research, Stephen moved to Winnipeg to work at Fisheries and Oceans Canada on the genetics of Arctic marine mammals. Stephen is also Adjunct Professor at both the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, a past-president of the Manitoba chapter of The Wildlife Society, and serves on the Terrestrial Mammal sub-Committee of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. 

Assiniboine Park Conservancy is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the redevelopment and ongoing operation of Winnipeg’s historic Assiniboine Park and Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Zoo has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last five years including significant renovations, new exhibits and enhanced facilities for visitors. At the forefront is the Zoo’s commitment and contribution to environmental and wildlife education, research and conservation in Manitoba and beyond. For more information, visit assiniboinepark.ca.   

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