Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)
- Around 25-27,000 left in the wild.
- Threatened by pollution and climate change.
- Surprisingly, polar bear skin is black and their fur is transparent. Their hair shafts reflect the light, making their fur look a creamy white.
- The polar bear is the largest land carnivore alive in the world today.
- Found throughout the Arctic region of USA, Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia.
- They can swim 50 miles without resting and can stay under water for as long as two minutes.
- Their feet are much larger than those of other bears – acting as paddles in the water and snowshoes on the ice.
- They are more likely to overheat than get cold and are often seen lying flat out on the ice to cool down.
- Lifespan in the wild is around 25 years.
- Cubs stay with their mothers for around 2 ½ years.
- CITES Appendix II.