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Polar Bear                       File:Polar Bear - Alaska.jpg

Ursus maritimus

Average size:

Males : 700-1500 lbs

            8-10 feet in length

Females:  300-500 lbs

            6-8 feet in length        

Average lifespan: 20-25 years

Range/distribution Map


Habitat description:

The “Maritime Bear” or Ursus maritimus is adapted for living in the cold regions of the arctic.  This bear spends most of its time swimming from ice shelf to ice shelf.


The polar bear is the world’s largest land carnivore, and the largest bear.  Polar bear rarely catch their prey on open land or open sea, but at the border dividing the two.  Many say the polar bear is an aggressively territorial animal; when in reality, the polar bear will avoid confrontation.

Current news/event & conservation status:

The polar bear has made headlines recently in discussing global warming.  As the polar bears habitat is slowly destroyed, they face the issue of adapting to warmer climates.  Some scientists believe this is the cause of a new type of bear: the Pizzly Bear!

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Fun Fact:

A polar bears fur is hollow.  Think of it as the bear wearing a coat of straws with the ends closed.   This adaptation, not only helps keep the bear warm, but allows it to float easier, making swimming much easier.