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11-year-old conservationist gets meeting with polar bears

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Olivia Clement,11, from the Ottawa area who has raised over $12,000 for polar bear conservation (donation to the World Wildlife Fund) got an opportunity to take part in the positive reinforcement training of the polar bears Storm and Hudson with bear keepers Jesse Kindzierski at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

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Olivia Clement,11, from the Ottawa area who has raised over $12,000 for polar bear conservation (donation to the World Wildlife Fund) got an opportunity to take part in the positive reinforcement training of the polar bears Storm and Hudson with bear keepers Jesse Kindzierski at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Photo Store

An Ottawa girl who raised money for polar bear conservation is in Winnipeg to check out the polar bears today.

Olivia Clement, 11, will visit the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo this morning, marking the first time she will see the bears in person. Clement and her mother will be given a tour of the new northern species exhibit and have an opportunity to meet the Zoo’s four polar bears: Hudson, Aurora, Kaska, and Storm.

She will also participate in a Positive Reinforcement Training (PRT) session with Hudson, the zoo said in a release.

Concerned about the effects of global warming on polar bears, Clement crafted and sold hand-made polar bear figurines. She donated the proceeds — over $12,000 — to the World Wildlife Fund.

Clement’s figurines can be found on her website.

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Updated on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9:29 AM CDT: corrects typo in headline

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