Rescue ‘Tundra’ the Stressed and Overheated Polar Bear

Polar-Bear-at-Bronx-Zoo-By Andrew-Hayward

Target: Steve Burns, Executive Director of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Goal: Re-home polar bear living in humid and small zoo enclosure to appropriate sanctuary.

A polar bear is appearing to suffer from heat exhaustion and is stuck living in an enclosure that is much too small for the animal to thrive. We need to take action in order to ensure that this bear is immediately rescued and moved to a proper sanctuary.

Bronx zoo visitors apparently witnessed the 25-year-old bear, named Tundra, lying motionless in his enclosure, likely as a result of the temperature being 91 degrees. The bear was apparently so weak that he was only able to periodically move one of his paws to try and bring his ball closer to his body. Sadly, it was later claimed that the bear was struggling to stay confined to a tiny shaded area.

Scientists have stated that polar bears have difficulty surviving in temperatures that are above 29 degrees Fahrenheit. They have further concluded that a polar bear’s home range is oftentimes much bigger than the areas that other types of bears occupy.

Demand Tundra be moved to a much cooler sanctuary where he will have room to roam. If Tundra is not moved to a more suitable setting soon, he will likely continue to suffer and eventually die.


Dear Executive Director Burns,

A zoo that is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is forcing a polar bear to live in unbearable heat and to remain in an enclosure that is much too small, according to reports. This animal needs to be moved to an appropriate sanctuary if this is found to be the case.

Tundra the polar bear was supposedly seen by visitors lying still in his enclosure, only occasionally moving his paw to try to hug his ball. The bear was also apparently later seen pacing back and forth in an extremely small shaded area.

Considering that scientists have found that these animals do not do well in temperatures above 29 degrees Fahrenheit, and further considering that these bears are known to occupy among the largest home range of any bear, allowing an AZA accredited zoo to continue treating Tundra in this manner is not acceptable.

I therefore urge you to demand that this bear be moved to a more suitable sanctuary where he will have adequate room to walk around and where he will also be able to remain cool throughout the year. Animals should not have to suffer because zoos are either unwilling or unable to provide them with appropriate living conditions.


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Photo Credit: Andrew Hayward

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  1. The Bronx zoo needs to be shut down. It is horrendous and many animals have died throughout the years. This is the zoo that featured Ota Benga the pigmy in an exhibit.

  2. kay allan says:


  3. This is another Arturo case who just a few days ago had died from suffering in the hot heat at a Argentina zoo. Polar bears have got to live in a cold climate environment. This is pure torture for this poor bear and not fair at all to keep him confined in this horrid living condition that he is in. It is animal abuse to this animal he should be immediately removed from this zoo and taken to a sanctuary that will suit his needs and proper environment. But like all zoos, they will keep their suffering animal to the very end until it dies from neglect. The right ethical humane thing to do is to help this polar bear . Can’t the zoo officials see that this bear is in misery? Who wants to go to a zoo only to see this animal slowly dying because that is what is happening to this polar bear. This is the next World’s Saddest Polar Bear just like Arturo was. WE ARE NOW IN THE MODERN ERA AND ANIMAL ABUSE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!!

  4. Relocate the bear while he’s still alive. When he’s dead, all you’ll have is an empty cage and bad publicity.

  5. Amar Taggarh says:

    Arturo died alone and suffered to the end. We cannot afford to let another one suffer the same fate. The zoo in Winnipeg was willing to take Arturo from Argentina. They have a fantastic program and measures should be taken to ensure Tundra doesn’t suffer anymore. Please let him go somewhere where he can be looked after.

  6. Bev Woodburn says:

    Please remove Tundra to a proper Sanctuary where he can be cared for without the horrific suffering he is enduring?

  7. Jaime Perez says:

    What the hell is wrong with these zoo people? Are they just stupid? A polar bear in 90 degree weather?? Really? They better get on the ball and get this poor bear to a cold place or he will die. Idiots! Close this zoo down.

  8. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    I just signed a petition to help the ‘worlds saddest bear’ stuck in a shopping mall in fucking china – they will be the death of our world – and now this, in the land of the free and the etc etc etc. There is no hope. Prove me wrong. Please!

  9. MONKY 2016 says:

    Lo que se ve ya no es un Oso Polar Blanco, es un animal, triste, debil, un ente verdoso, ese color se debe al no tener el agua y el clima adecuado, formando micro algas en su pelaje

  10. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😠

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