Every time I visit the San Diego Zoo, I am amazed at how the Zoo expertly shares their message of conservation with their visitors in an engaging way. My visit to the preview of the new Polar Bear Plunge exhibit did not disappoint. The San Diego Zoo has revamped this already popular exhibit to give visitors plenty of hands on opportunities to learn about polar bears and global warming.
Here are some interesting additions to the new exhibit:
Giant Story Books
Families can read giant story books about polar bears together. The stories featured include the true story of two orphaned polar bear clubs and their journey to the San Diego Zoo as well as the profile of a real life Arctic researcher.
Explore an Arctic Helicopter
How many times do kids have a chance to climb into a real research helicopter? This was a highlight for most of the kids at the Polar Bear Plunge Preview.
Raid the Refrigerator
Everyone will love checking out this model of the average polar bear meal. The refrigerator next door includes the average size meal for human kids, teens, and adults. Big difference!
Global Warming Hits Home
The Zoo’s models of the polar ice cap give visitors a dramatic understanding of the effects of global warming. Docents are available at the exhibit to educate visitors about how they can make simple lifestyle changes to reduce the impact of global warming.
Want to learn more about another great San Diego Zoo exhibit? Uptake Blogger Tamara Rice has the scoop on the San Diego Zoo Panda Bear Exhibit.
*All Photos by Bridget Smith of Family Adventure Guidebooks