Arctic Bears

About

Out of an Ice Age emerged one of our most majestic creatures — the polar bear. From its brown bear ancestry, the predator evolved to be a master of a harsh and unwelcoming ice kingdom. Intelligent, adaptable and fierce, the polar bear learned how to survive in a place that offers few comforts to any creature. But now that very environment is in flux. And so is the polar bear’s fate.

The Arctic is changing. As temperatures slowly rise and the ice recedes, the shore is getting further away. Food sources that the polar bear have come to rely on are becoming less plentiful. In this changing climate, the polar bear is already showing signs of distress.

While polar bears struggle, opportunistic grizzlies fare well, as they benefit from the melting Arctic’s effects on its ecosystem. While the grizzly moves into newly opened territories, the polar bear can only wait for the freezing of its one-time kingdom. If the changing world proclaims the grizzly the new king of the Arctic, what will become of the polar bear?

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Online content for Arctic Bears was originally posted February 2008.

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Arctic Bears

Produced and Edited by
MARK FLETCHER

Photography
DOUG ALLAN
JEFF TURNER
GAVIN THURSTON
MARTIN SAUNDERS
RICHARD GANICLIFFT

Scientific Advisors
MARK BOYCE
JON AARS
ANDREW DEROCHER

Specially Composed Music by
JENNIE MUSKETT

Additional Musicians
DAVE HARTLEY
JOHN PARRICELLI
CAROLINE DALE

Graphics
BURRELL DURRANT HIFLE

Online Editor
TIM BOLT

Dubbing Editor
TIM OWENS

Dubbing Mixer
BEN PEACE

Script Consultant
DAVID HELTON

Production Co-ordinator
MARIE-ANNE HENDRY

Production Manager
SALLY MARK

The BBC wishes to thank
PIPPA HARDMAN
MARTHA HOLMES
SUE TURNER
SUE FLOOD
ADAM CHAPMAN
LIBBY REDDEN
SUSAN CASE
GEOFF FOSTER
ANDY PATTERSON
JANET HESS

Series Editor
TIM MARTIN

© 2007 BBC All Rights Reserved

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
IRENE TEJARATCHI
JILL CLARKE

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Offline Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Online Editor
BRUNO PELLEGRINI

Re-recording Mixer
DOUG JOHNSON

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

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This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2008 Educational Broadcasting Corporation

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Web Credits

Producer
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Associate Producer
TANNER VEA

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Writer
JENETTE RESTIVO

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Director of Digital Strategy
DAVID HIRMES

Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Photos for "Overview" and "Bear Intelligence" © Eric Baccega. Photo for "How Grizzlies Evolved into Polar Bears" © Adam Chapman. Photo for "The Melting Arctic's Impact on Its Ecosystem" © Martha Holmes. Photo for "Links and Resources" © Steven Kazlowski. Other images from ARCTIC BEARS.

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