Have you ever wondered how the majestic polar bear thrives in an environment that would make us humans shiver and starve?
Polar bears carry a genetic survival toolkit that’s nothing short of fascinating.
Did you know that polar bears could become nearly extinct, not just because of climate change or dwindling food resources, but also due to something invisible yet profoundly impactful—genetic diversity? This is because inbreeding can lead to reduced genetic diversity, making populations more vulnerable to diseases and environmental changes.
So, why does the genetic diversity of polar bears matter to us? Because it's a glaring signal of the health of our planet. When we fail to protect polar bear genetic diversity, we're playing fast and loose with the natural checks and balances that have existed for millions of years.