The Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre opened at Assiniboine Park Zoo in January 2012. The modern new facility is a key component of the new Journey to Churchill exhibit. Activity at the Centre is focused in three areas: polar bear transition, research and education.

With the financial support of the Province of Manitoba and in partnership with Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship, the ​Centre ​allows the Zoo ​to actively contribute to environmental and wildlife education and conservation and to conduct research and support visiting researchers.

Researchers at the ​Centre are using the controlled Zoo environment to perfect field research techniques and are engaged in a number of exciting research projects in the field that help us understand the changing Arctic environment and the impact on polar bears and other northern species. The Centre houses two state-of-the art genetics laboratories, which allows us to partner with universities and government departments to monitor animal populations relevant to northern peoples.

Advisory Board

Members of the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre Advisory Board are appointed jointly by the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and the Province of Manitoba.


  • Jeff Andrews, Chair
  • Geoff York, Vice-Chair
  • Dr. Brian Joseph
  • Marilyn Peckett
  • Bill Watkins
  • Dr. LeeAnn Fishback
  • Dr. Jane Waterman
  • Tracy Ruta Fuchs
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