Polar Bear

One of many endangered species

Polar Bear Facts

Facts about them

Polar bears roam the Arctic ice sheets and swim in that region's coastal waters. They are very strong swimmers, and their large front paws, which they use to paddle, are slightly webbed. Some polar bears have been seen swimming hundreds of miles from land though they probably cover most of that distance by floating on sheets of ice.

Facts about them "continued"

  • Polar bears live in one of the planet's coldest environments and depend on a thick coat of insulated fur, which covers a warming layer of fat.
  • Fur even grows on the bottom of their paws, which protects against cold surfaces and provides a good grip on ice
  • The bear's stark white coat provides camouflage in surrounding snow and ice.
  • But under their fur, polar bears have black skin which is better to soak in the sun's warming rays.

Polar Bear fur color

A polar bear's fur is not white!! It is hollow, The fur reflects light. The hollow fur also traps the suns heat to help keep the polar bear warm,They can endure the cold weather and that way they don't freeze to death the fur that's is on a polar bear Is pretty much water resident to the water just rolls of the fur of the polar bear.

Why polar bears are endangered

The main reason that the Polar bears are endangered is because we humans are hunting them for their fur because there fur will keep us really warm and it seals in heat so it don't escape. Some of the reasons that people are hunting them is because the fur can and is being used as clothing and like rugs for the higher class people around the world!

Why they are important.

  • Polar bears help us gain an understanding of what is happening throughout the Arctic, as a polar bear at risk may signal something is wrong elsewhere in the arctic marine ecosystem.
  • Large carnivores - those that are at the apex or top of the food chain - are particularly sensitive indicators of the health of an ecosystem... in this case, the Arctic.
  • All recent indicators show that sea ice in the Arctic is melting at an alarming rate, a problem that needs to be addressed immediately if polar bears, and other species unique to the region, are to survive

    What we are doing to save them

    We working around the Arctic to secure a future for polar bears.

    Polar bears, the charismatic icon of the Arctic environment, have long been a focus in WWF’s on-the-ground research and conservation projects in the Arctic, going back to 1972 – and climate change is a primary focus of our global conservation efforts

    Scientific name

    Ursus maritimus