polar bear on ice

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The polar bear is uniquely adapted to life on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean, and for millennia they have roamed the vast and pristine circumpolar Arctic relatively undisturbed by human activities. However, climate change has created a conservation crisis for this iconic species, and their persistence in the wild is jeopardized by record-breaking sea ice losses and increasing industrial-scale human activity. For nearly a decade, San Diego Zoo Global’s researchers and our US and Canadian partners have focused on developing the best conservation strategies to boost their wild populations. Every detail matters: reproduction, denning, communication, available prey, formation of sea ice, climate change, and the impact of human activities are all evaluated. (photos courtesy of Helene Hoffman)

I was all set to do a drawing of a ice-skating polar bear I sketched at work today (no joke), when I saw Hattie’s cute Kili drawing for Khazâd November and wanted in on some of that hot dwarf action!  I was totally gonna do a bunch of these and the month got away from me (and also I am very forgetful)

He’s smoking because I keep a fake pipe prop sitting in my room just for getting pipe holding hand reference and I’ve been meaning to use it, so Kili is the lucky smokin’ dwarf (in more than one way *wink*)

If you want to join in on Khazâd November then check out Hattie’s post here: http://a-grump-of-dwarves.tumblr.com/post/152042659915/khazâd-november