New phase in Scottish polar bear breeding project

An attempt to breed polar bears in Scotland looks set to go ahead this year. Polar bear cubs were last born in the UK almost 25 years ago. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has begun preparations to pair up two bears at its Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore.

RZSS said captive breeding formed an important part of conserving polar bears, which are classified as "vulnerable" on the International Union Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species.

But animal welfare organisations OneKind Scotland and Born Free Foundation said tackling climate change to better protect wild bears should be the focus of conservation efforts rather than captive breeding.

Last updated on 24 February 2016