Why They Matter
Rich in Wildlife
Polar landscapes are home to a rich diversity of wildlife, both on land and within the seas. Polar animals have evolved to survive life in the deep cold.
Some animals, such as birds and whales, migrate long distances each summer, drawn by the abundant food supply or ideal nesting grounds in the Arctic.
Indigenous People Tied to the Landscape
Millions of people live in the Arctic, including many indigenous peoples whose ancestors first came to the area thousands of years ago and who still depend on the native landscape and wildlife for their livelihoods. Click here to learn about ivory in the Arctic.