Polar Bear

Polar bear. Courtesy of Scott Schliebe/USFWS

WMRS | Interesting Endangered Species Fun Facts

Polar Bear Fun Facts:

  • Polar Bear. Courtesy of U.S. FWSThe polar bear's scientific name is ursus maritimus which translates to marine bear.
  • Polar bears are the largest member of the bear family.
  • Polar bears spend the vast majority of their lives on ice, especially when hunting.
  • Their primary food source is ringed seal.
  • Polar bears have adapted to arctic life with black skin to absorb warmth and small suction cups on their feet for traction on slippery ice.

Source: All information from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Department of the Interior).


Updated May 15, 2015