The Vickery sisters have been recognized for their outstanding conservation work in the Winnipeg Free Press yet again. And for good reason. Tom Oleson profiled the family that calls themselves the Canuck Nanooks, http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/westview/little-does-a-lot-41620352.html , on their superb drive to make a difference for polar bear conservation and education. The family was again profiled in the Winnipeg Free Press for their ourstanding win at the most recent Polar Bears International competition in San Diego, http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/life/grin-and-bear-it.html.
The Zoological Society of Manitoba, a beneficiary of the Canuck Nanooks fund raising drive, would like to express a heart felt Hoorah! for all of the efforts of this group. I had the good fortune of meeting the Vickery family last year and the priviledge to get to know them a bit better during our Boo at the Zoo event. The team rolled out to the Assiniboine Park Zoo nearly every night to talk to as many Halloween visitors as they could about the plight of the polar bear and its Arctic habitat. The team of three (plus Mom!) have been a relentless voice for making a positive difference in the world and for doing it in a fun and energized way.
Polar Bears International was lucky to have found such effective voices for the wild, and Manitoba was lucky to have found such wild voices! If you have not yet heard of the Canuck Nanooks before, you will. I expect that this is just the start as the group expands on their energized solutions. In a world of bad news for mother earth, including global warming, mass extinctions and habitat destruction, the Nanooks will put a smile on your face, your hand on your wallet and a skip in your step. Don’t believe me? While most of us would run out and spend our prize money on a new iPod or clothes or something we really don’t need, the Canuck Nanooks have pledged it to the Polar Bear Conservation Fund! With support like this, the Zoological Society of Manitoba and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will reach its goal of becoming a world leader in polar bear and Arctic conservation very soon indeed.
For more information on how you can donate to the Polar Bear Conservation Fund, please visit www.zoosociety.com or joinvisit our Facebook group called Polar Bear Express 2009.