Polar Bears

'Ursus maritimus'

Social Interactions

  • Polar Bears, by nature, are solitary animals, especially when it comes to hunting or gathering food.
  • If two Polar Bears are after the same seal, it turns into a violent competition of who is stronger. Usually, the smaller bear will back down, but not always.
  • Polar Bears can run at speeds up to 25MPH and can swim at 6MPH!
  • They are also skilled hunters in water or on ice

Reproduction

  • When it comes to mating, Polar Bears have multiple mates and females breed yearly from March until June.
  • Female Polar Bears usually have twins, who stay with their mother for two years, or until it has acquired the skills necessary for it to live on its own.

Could be extinct in the next 30 years!

The Polar Bears' name actually means "Sea Bear"

Classification Order

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: :Carnivora

Family: Ursidae

Genus: Ursus

Scientific Name: Ursus maritimus

Common Name: Polar Bear

Other Name(s): Nanuuq

Environment

Polar bears reside in the coastal ice fields or on floating ice in the Arctic Ocean. This area allows Polar Bears easy access to animals to feed on and hunt, such as seals, walruses, and sea birds. Today, Polar Bears are even thought to be closely related to the Brown Bear.

Status

Polar Bears are considered to be a pretty vulnerable species, considering the fact that they could be extinct in the next 30 years. There is an estimated 20,000-25,000 polar bears left, but the number seems to be dwindling. A key response to this issue is shown through the multiple conservation groups dedicated to raising awareness and funds to aid the polar bears.