NZ TV Premiere: The Great Ice Bear Event

Animal Planet – Sunday 30 March, 8.30pm

Every year, as the first ice forms around the village of Churchill on the edge of Hudson’s Bay, Canada, more than 1,300 polar bears end their summer fast and head into town. They weigh 600 kilograms and they haven’t eaten for four months so people in town had better stay out of their way. This is a treat for wildlife watchers, but the annual migration has its down sides. The Great Ice Bear Event features the scientists who study the bears, the locals who fortify their homes against them and the tourists who tour the ice on the ‘bear buggy’ to see the massive white bears. Viewers also meet Wayde Roberts, the man whose job it is to keep the bears and the people apart.

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