A polar bear with cubs in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 2014.

***EXCLUSIVE***

NORTH SLOPE, AL – 2014: FILE PHOTO shows a polar bear seen with cubs at Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 2014, in North Slope, Alaska.

A POLAR BEAR waves hello as the world prepares to mark International Polar Bear Day. The fluffy white animals are pictured pawing the camera, peering onto a boat and nuzzling its mate. The carnivorous creatures, which call the Arctic Circle their hostile home, are at risk of losing their icy habitat thanks to global warming. International Polar Bear Day on February 27 encourages people to curb their carbon output.

PHOTOGRAPH BY Steven Kazlowski / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Steven Kazlowski / Barcroft Medi via Getty Images)