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The measure of a polar bear

Here’s why you really don’t want to encounter a polar bear in the wild.

This bear statue is part of the “How You Measure Up” area of an exhibit at San Diego Zoo that will give guests the chance to see how they compare to a polar bear–in height, weight and food consumption. This lifesize statue of a male polar bear measures 10 feet 1 inches tall, the same height as the Zoo’s male polar bear, Kalluk.


Construction workers at the zoo placed the polar bear statue outside the polar bear exhibit yesterday.

Photo by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

The Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge exhibit is being redesigned for visitors to address the challenges facing polar bears due to climate change.

Read about a National Geographic photographer who approaches wild polar bears for the best shots.