Animals & Attractions

There are three polar bears here at Highland Wildlife Park - Walker, Arktos, and Victoria.

Walker was born in December 2008; while Arktos was born in November 2007. Victoria, the UK's only female polar bear, was born in December 1996. In December 2017 we were thrilled to welcome Hamish, the first polar bear born in the UK in 25 years who left the park in November 2020.

You can help feed and care for our polar bears and other threatened animals around the world by donating today - if you can, please support our Survival Fund.

Fun facts!

  • Polar bears are the largest living land carnivore, with adult males reaching up to 2.6 metres in length
  • Their scientific name means "sea bear" because of how much time they spend in the water
  • While they may look white their skin is actually black!
  • They are able to detect prey almost a kilometre away and up to a metre under the compacted snow

How we're helping

Polar bears are under threat due to the loss of their habitat. They need sea ice as a hunting platform to catch seals, but global warming is causing the ice to melt earlier each year. This means that the polar bear has less time to hunt and put on weight for their summer fast or for a female to remain in the snow den caring for her young cubs. it is predicted that climate change will lead to a significant decrease in population numbers over the next 40 years.  

Our polar bears are part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP).

As a wildlife conservation charity, we care for both the animals here at the park and work to protect endangered species around the world.

From providing genetics expertise and veterinary health, to protecting wild places with local conservation partners, and even restoring threatened species to the wild, we are active where we are needed most.

Find out more about some of our conservation projects.

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