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Travel's Most Endangered Places

by Peter J. Frank

ARCTIC POLAR BEARS

Where: Northern Manitoba Coast, Canada

What's at stake: The graceful beauty of the snow-colored polar bear, which goes well beyond those holiday-time Coca-Cola ads. The bears of Canada and Alaska live on sea ice, but global warming is melting that ice rapidly, decreasing the food supply of these magnificent creatures. Making matters worse, the Bush Administration recently leased 30 million acres of the polar bear habitat in the Chukchi Sea for oil exploration. In 2007, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey issued a report saying that if global warming trends continue at their current pace, the species could be wiped out by 2050.

Get thee to: Northern Manitoba in the fall, where you can still see polar bears in the wild. Stay in the mobile Tundra Buggy Lodge right near the shore of Hudson Bay, where the animals congregate to hunt seals.

For more information: The Natural Resources Defense Council's Polar Bear SOS program

Tundra Buggy Lodge
Tel: 800 663 9832 (toll-free)
Tel: 204 949 2050
Two-night trips, including lunches and transportation from Winnipeg, from $3,350

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