ASHEBORO — The North Carolina Zoo will livestream Better on Ice, An Ice Challenge Virtual Event Sat., Feb. 27 in celebration of International Polar Bear Day.
Tune in from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Zoo’s Facebook page and watch as award-winning ice carvers compete with dueling chainsaws to carve animal ice sculptures in record time. The event is presented by North Carolina Zoo, North Carolina Zoo Society, Ice Occasions and Pepsi Bottling Ventures.
The North Carolina Zoo is among an elite group of 40 zoos, aquariums, and museums that are Arctic Ambassador Centers through a partnership with Polar Bears International. PBI is the leading polar bear conservation group in the world that works to conserve polar bears. The Zoo recently welcomed a new male polar bear named Payton as a breeding partner for female Anana.
Discover how you can help from the comfort of your home! Donate $50 or more online to the Zoo’s animal conservation fund on Sat. Feb. 27 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at North Carolina Zoo Society website and enter to win a polar bear paw print painting and Pepsi products for a year! All proceeds benefit the North Carolina Zoo Society.
Polar bears, which are native to North America, are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. There are an estimated 22,000-31,000 in the wild and polar bear numbers are projected to decline by 30% by 2050.