The Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre opened at Assiniboine Park Zoo in January 2012.

The modern new facility is a key component of the new Journey to Churchill exhibit. Activity at the Centre is focused in three areas: polar bear transition, research, and education.

The Centre was built with the financial support of the Province of Manitoba and allows the Zoo to actively contribute to environmental and wildlife research and conservation. The Centre is not only the hub of polar bear research it also is home to the Conservation and Research Department, which coordinates and leads projects on many species of importance to both the Zoo and our visitors. 

Researchers at the Centre are using the controlled Zoo environment to perfect field research techniques and are engaged in a number of exciting research projects in the field that help us understand the changing Arctic environment and the impact on polar bears and other northern species. As a research centre we are able to partner with universities, NGOs, and government departments to monitor animal populations relevant to Canadians.

Click on these links to learn more about the work we do and what you can do to help.

Advisory Board

Members of the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre Advisory Board are appointed jointly by the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and the Province of Manitoba.

  • Geoff York
  • Dr. Stephen Petersen
  • Marilyn Peckett
  • Bill Watkins
  • Dr. LeeAnn Fishback
  • Dr. Evan Richardson
  • Dr. Megan Owen
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