MEMPHIS, TENN. - Gail Karr, Memphis Zoo Assistant Curator of Mammals,
will travel to the tundra near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, October
6-13 for a week-long Keeper Leadership Camp sponsored by Polar Bears
International (PBI), the world's leading polar bear conservation group.
The Memphis Zoo selected Karr based on her past outreach and
community involvement. She joins 10 other zoo and aquarium professionals
from across the United States and Canada.
"Zoo keepers have the ability to reach a wide audience with a
conservation message" said Kathryn Foat, PBI's Vice President of
Conservation Education and Stewardship strategies. "Participants will
spend a week in Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world, during
the fall polar bear migration, where they will learn about polar bears,
climate change and how each of us can help."
The experience includes several nights at the Tundra Buggy (r) Lodge,
with polar bears just outside. Despite the remote location,
participants will be able to stay connected with the rest of the world
through blog posts on the PBI website.
Gail's posts can be seen on the
Zoo's website at www.memphiszoo.org/tundratracks.
Participants will also learn how to create carbon-reduction programs in their communities and to inspire public involvement.
"Polar bears are one of the biggest conservation messages to the
public," Karr said. "Everyone can do something. Just doing small things
reduces global warming in big ways."
Karr is one of four participants who will also serve as Camp
Facilitator. These individuals have additional responsibilities and play
a leadership role during the week-long camp.
"I am excited about leading future arctic ambassadors," Karr said.
"This is so exciting to go because I've always been involved with bears.
Bears are one of my passions. They are magnificent creatures and so
The Memphis Zoo was invited to send a representative to the camp
because of its role as a PBI Arctic Ambassador Center. These centers
educate the public about polar bears and climate change and play a
leadership role in inspiring carbon reductions in their communities.
They include more than 50 leading zoos, museums, science centers and
aquariums in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
This is the second zoo keeper from the Memphis Zoo that has attended a
PBI workshop in Churchill. In 2011, Tammy Hill, a zoo keeper in
Northwest Passage and Teton Trek, completed the program.Stay connected
to Gail's arctic experience on the Zoo's Facebook and Twitter pages.
About the Memphis Zoo
The Memphis Zoo, located in Memphis, Tenn., is home to more than 3,500
animals representing over 500 different species. Recently named as one
of the top five zoos in the country by TripAdvisor(r), the Memphis Zoo
has completed over $93 million in renovation and expansion since the
early 1990s. The Zoo's animal inhabitants reside in one-of-a-kind
exhibitry, such as Once Upon A Farm, Commercial Appeal Cat Country,
Primate Canyon, Animals of the Night, Northwest Passage, Teton Trek and
CHINA - home to giant pandas YaYa and Le Le. The Zoo was founded in 1906
and resides on 70 acres in the middle of Overton Park. The Memphis Zoo
is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Memphis Zoo, YaYa and Le Le are trademarks of the Memphis Zoo.
About Polar Bears International
Polar Bears International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
worldwide conservation of the polar bear and its habitat through
research, education, and stewardship. Visit their web site to learn more
about their mission and the upcoming 2011 Leadership Camps at
www.polarbearsinternational.org.Frontiers North's Tundra Buggy(r)
Adventure (FNA) is a PBI Platinum-level corporate partner that has
sponsored PBI Leadership Camps since their inception. FNA provides
authentic adventures in Canada's north and boasts the best access in the
world to wild polar bears. Visit their web site at