- Scientific name: Ursus maritimus
- Life span: 20-25 years
- Polar Bears are the worlds largest land predator.
- Polar bears have hollow fur, this works like a personal floatation device as
- Although their fur is creamy white their skin is black to soak up the 6
month Polar sun. Polar Bears actually often overheat and must rest when play
- Polar bears eyes are blue
- Their footprint is approximately 13 inches long and 9 inches wide.
- Adults average between 2.4-2.6 meters (7.9-8.5 feet) in length and can stand
11 feet tall when upright, 3-4 foot at the shoulder.
- Males can weigh 400-600kgs (880-1320lbs) and can reach 800kgs
- Females are much smaller at 200-250kgs pregnant females can weigh 400 kgs
- Females now having singletons, used to have twins and stay with the cubs in
the den for 3-4 months.
- Population 22,000 estimate 2003 stats
- 60% of the Earths remaining Polar Bears live in Canada
- There are other populations in
- In 1973 these countries signed an agreement on the Conservation of Polar
Bears. Canada is the only country to still allow hunting of the polar bear
by non natives. A Polar Bear hunting license can be bought for as little as