The Assiniboine Park Conservancy has signed a memorandum of understanding with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment to combine forces in the international effort to conserve polar bears.
“The Assiniboine Park Zoo is very excited to be working with SeaWorld and Busch Gardens in this capacity,” said Tim Sinclair-Smith, director of zoological operations at the zoo. “These types of partnerships are essential as we get closer to the opening of Journey to Churchill in 2014 and as we become more actively involved in Arctic research and conservation.”
The two will collaborate on research projects, wildlife conservation and public education programs, and will entail APC and SeaWorld to work cooperatively to share best practices, enhance conservation and research efforts and promote the sustainability of polar bears and other at risk species.
The zoo’s own International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (IPBCC) is a hub for academic research on the Arctic environment as well as a polar bear rescue and transition facility for injured or orphaned cubs.