POLAR BEARS

An Endangered Species

HABITAT

  • Polar bears live in the entire circumpolar Arctic region. (yourdictionary.com)
  • Forty percent of all of today's polar bears live in Northern Canada. (PB habitat)

DESCRIPTION

  • Average adult female: 6.5 feet and weighs 500 pounds. (seaworld)
  • Average adult male: 8.5 feet and weighs 900 pounds. (seaworld)
  • Polar bear's coat has a thick layer of body fat to keep them warm from cold air and cold water. (actionbioscience.org)
  • Polar bears communicate through sight, touch, and smell. (seaworld)

ADAPTATION

  • Polar bears hibernate during the winter with stored up body fat. (actionbioscience.org)
  • Polar bears use their thick curved claws to tear up animals. (actionbioscience.org)
  • White-yellow fur that helps them camouflage with the background to sneak up on a prey. (actionbioscience.org)

FOOD CHAIN

  • Considered at the top of the food chain. (pbworld.com)
  • Doesn't have many natural predators. (pbworld.com)
  • Humans are considered predators to polar bears because we damage the environment which impacts the polar bears negatively. (pbworld.com)

REASONS FOR ENDANGERMENT

  • Polar bears are losing their sea ice habitat due to global warming. (nwf.org)
  • Higher temperature from global warning are causing less ice and less time for polar bears to hunt seals. (nwf.org)

CRITICAL INFORMATION

  • Polar bears play a key role in the food web. (wildlife.org)
  • When polar bears are at risk, other parts of the environment are also at risk. (wildlife.org)
  • WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is helping prevent direct threats from industrial activity. (wildlife.org)
  • Engaging local communities to reduce wildlife conflict. (wildlife.org)
  • Conducting projects to improve food storage and waster management. (wildlife.org)