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Animals and Bears

The range of animals that are in the world is so diverse most people will never get to see most of the animals in the world. Take for example bears.  We have all heard of giant pandas, grizzly bears and if asked to draw a picture we could probably do them justice. But what about The Florida Cave Bear or Bergman’s bear.  The variety of one species alone is so great that unless you spend your life following bears then it will just be the well-known ones that you remain familiar with.

For some studying a species can be a life’s work for example Bergman’s Bear was  a bear from the ursinae sub family and was given this name because the zoologist that identified and name this variety was called Sten Bergman. The spectacled bear you would think was named this due to face markings but in fact the Andean Bear as it is sometimes known has markings on its chest which some believe to look like spectacles.

For many children the opportunity to see a rabbit in its natural habitat is low, never mind one of our pre-mentioned bears. So how would for example inner city children have the opportunity to see animals up close and find out a little bit more about them? There are of course the zoo and wildlife parks. Some of these locations may offer opportunities to get up close with some animals. For others animal workshops in schools may provide engagement and inspiration to become the next zoologist to name a bear.

Bear facts

Bears are mammals of the Ursidae family. They are omnivorous animals and generally have a very characteristic stocky frame with powerful front and hind legs. There are only 8 species of bear that are currently living on the planet, but these species are very widespread and are found in a variety of different environments across the globe. Bears can be found living in the wild in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Whilst the physical appearance of different bear species can be radically different, they all share a few common traits that give them a dog-like appearance. Bears will usually have a period of hibernation during the winter, although this is not the case for all species. Bears have been hunted for their meat and fur throughout the ages, and this combined with the destruction of much of their natural habitat has seen many bears become endangered species.

American Black Bear

The most common species of bear native to North America, the American Black bear lives in the mountains and woodland parks, although they have been known to come into contact with humans.

Brown Bear

Brown bears are distributed across much of North America, Asia and Europe. They have one of the most diverse range of sub-species and their physical and behavioural characteristics can vary greatly according to what part of the world they are living in.

Giant Panda

The Giant Panda bear lives in Southern China and has an incredibly distinctive black and white coat. They have a diet almost exclusively made up of bamboo and are one of the most endangered species on the planet.

Grizzly Bear

The Grizzly bear is one of the larger species of bear and perhaps the most feared by humans. They are omnivores that will often scavenge although they will also fish, particularly to feed on salmon.

Polar Bear

The Polar Bear is the largest land-dwelling carnivorous animal in the world and is the largest species of bear along with the Kodiak bear. They live almost exclusively in the Arctic Circle and have a distinctive all-white coat.