Polar Bear

Polar Bear

Scientific Name -Ursus maritimus

Classification – Carnivores

Gender Names – Male – boar; Female – sow; baby – cub

Collective Noun – Aurora

Average Length–  standing height  2.4 – 3 metres (8- 10 feet)

Average Weight – 380 – 500 kgs (850 to 900lbs)

Speed – 40 kph (25 mph)

Life Expectancy – 25 to 30 years

 Mating Season –  April and May

Pregnancy – four months

Special Features –  The polar bear has an extremely well developed sense of smell, being able to detect seals nearly 1.5 km (1 mile) away and buried up to a metre (3ft) underground.

Polar bear distribution on World MapFamily Unit – Polar bears are solitary creatures spending time alone or sometimes in the company of another bear. Cubs stay with their mother for 2 years until they are able to fend for themselves in the wild.

Geographical Distribution – Arctic Ocean

World Population – 20,000–25,000

Conservation Status – Threatened

Natural Habitat – sea ice

Diet – ringed and bearded seals

Predators – killer whale and humans


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Polar Bear. Available: https://www.naturalhistoryonthenet.com/Mammals/polar_bear.htm. Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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