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Have breakfast with Winnipeg's polar bears

Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo is hoping you'll spend International Polar Bear Day with Hudson and the other polar bears at the Journey to Churchill exhibit.

Have breakfast with Winnipeg's polar bears

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Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo is hoping you'll spend International Polar Bear Day with Hudson and the other polar bears at the Journey to Churchill exhibit. 1:47
Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo is holding International Polar Bear Day events through the weekend. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)
Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo is hoping you'll spend International Polar Bear Day with Hudson and the other polar bears at the Journey to Churchill exhibit.

The zoo is celebrating the day with activities all weekend that are designed to engage visitors, raise awareness to the impacts of climate change on the Arctic and polar bears and encourage people to reduce their energy consumption.

"There is a lot of concern about climate change and about how that will affect polar bears in the future," said Bran Adams, the zoo's education coordinator.
A zoo visitor snaps photos of Aurora going for a dip in the underwater polar bear viewing tunnel on Friday. (Brett Purdy/CBC)

International Polar Bear Day,  organized by Polar Bears International, is celebrated every Feb. 27. The group has also started a Thermostat Challenge, hoping that people will pledge to reduce their greenhouse gasses by bundling up for polar bears and turning down their thermostats.

A Parks Canada employee shows school kids a bear skull at the zoo on Friday. (Brett Purdy/CBC)
"It's an excellent challenge because the idea is that if you turn down your thermostat and you put on sweater you are actually helping the polar bears," Adams said.

"Every little drop in the bucket helps. By turning down your thermostat you are actually saving energy and by saving energy you are helping the atmosphere and thus helping the polar bears. So you can actually help the polar bears here at home." 

View from the Tundra Grill where the breakfast with bears will take place. (Brett Purdy/CBC)
All weekend at the zoo there will be activities ranging from hands on polar bear bio-facts to interactive art installations and free tours.

On Sunday people can even have breakfast with the bears. Breakfast will be $5.99 and up and while eating in the tundra grill a zoo keeper will be giving a talk.

While spectators have their breakfast the bears will be served their breakfast along the glass wall that separates the enclosure and the restaurant.

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