Polar Bear
Ursus maritimus

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Range and habitat:
Arctic regions of Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Norway, and Russia

Natural diet:
Predominantly Ringed seals, sometimes Bearded seals. When food is plentiful they prefer to eat only the fat and leave the rest of the carcass for scavengers such as arctic foxes, ravens, and younger bears.

Size / weight range:
Males can be between 8 and 10 feet tall when standing on their hind legs, and weigh between 900 and 1400 pounds.
Females can be between 6 and 8 feet tall when standing on their hind legs, and weigh between 350 and 650 pounds.

Interesting Facts:
IUCN status: Threatened
The polar bears at the Toledo Zoo are part of the Species Survival Program
The main threat to polar bears today is the loss of their icy habitat due to climate change. Polar bears depend on the sea ice for hunting, breeding, and in some cases to den.
It is estimated that only 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears remain in the wild.

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
The Arctic Encounter® exhibit.

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Polar Bears International
The ice in the Arctic is melting, making hunting harder for polar bears. Bears are starving and even drowning as their home melts! Today, we're partnering with Polar Bears International to conserve this species, and we are also involved with the Arctic Ambassador program.






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