Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53978

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Ursidae
Genus:Ursus
Genus species:Ursus maritimus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:2.2-2.5 m
Weight:175-650 kg
Identification:Polar bears have a thick white or yellowish coat.
Habitat:Sea ice and waters, islands, coasts
Diet:Carnivore: seals, fish, seabirds, arctic hares, caribou, musk oxen
Reproduction:Polar bears mate in April, May, or June. The female delays implantation of the fertilized egg, leading to a gestation period of 195-265 days. One to three cubs are born and remain with their mother for 28 months.
Although polar bears are usually solitary, they will often congregate when feeding.
Behavior:Unlike most bears, polar bears are not afraid of man and will even stalk them as if they were natural prey.
Status:Vulnerable
Interesting Facts:Polar bears are the largest land carnivore. They are well adapted to the cold with a very thick coat, a layer of fat, and small ears. They've been known to swim for hours and can travel 43 miles in one day.

Other Information

Geographic:Arctic Ocean to North America and Asia Date:1986-11 Subjects:Polar bear
Ursus
Bears
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals