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Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)

Order Familly
Carnivora Ursidae

Green: Borealie

Red: Distribution


Carnivorous, feeding mainly on seals but also eating fish, small mammals, birds, invertebrates, eggs, animal carcasses, berries and seaweed.


From the age of 4 to 5 years old, the female mates between late February and early June every 2 to 4 years. The embryo develops after a delayed implantation during the last 10 weeks of a 6 ½ to 9 month gestation period. On average 2 cubs are born in a lair between late November and January. They are weaned about 1 ½ years later.


Up to 20 years in the wild.


Man and other Polar Bears that can attack cubs.


Vulnerable; populations are declining. The degradation of its habitat caused by global warming is an important threat.