Gorgeous Photos Show An Arctic World That Won’t Be Around For Long
Photographer Paul Souder has been documenting life in the Arctic for years. But now he feels like he has a larger mission: preserving a world that we may not have access to in the future.
“I sometimes wonder if we’re not simply creating a record of all the things that we, as a species, have destroyed.” - Photographer Paul Souder.
Feeders hold koalas as they pose for group photos at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China. The park has successfully bred more than 20 koalas since it imported six koalas from Australia in 2006.
Picture: Xinhua /Landov / Barcroft Media via Telegraph
Vets inspect an anaesthetised five-year-old female Asiatic black bear at the Mandai Zoological Garden in Singapore. Three bears arrived on February 7 and are currently undergoing quarantine with the hope of introducing them into a new exhibit at the Singapore Zoo after the quarantine ends on March 8. The bears are from Xiangjiang Safari Park in Guangzhou, southern China.
Picture: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images (via Pictures of the day: 20 February 2013 - Telegraph)
Without intervention feeding (flown-in seal meat), we’re going to lose polar bear populations to global warming.
Ultimately, even flown-in food may be insufficient for some populations, assuming climate trends continue. That could mean moving low-latitude bears further north and putting more bears in zoos to preserve genetic diversity so that when the ice returns, a healthy polar bear population can be restored.
“The problem for polar bears is that we might be talking hundreds or thousands of years before sea ice actually comes back in the full context of what we have today.” [photo]