People have lived alongside bears for thousands of years, and in every corner of the globe! Today, eight species roam in wildernesses ranging from North America's forests to Southeast Asia's tropical island jungles to the very roof of the world---the high Himalayas. Explore our cards on each bear species below, and get to know the diversity of an animal family that hunts, swims, forages, climbs and socializes in so many different forms.
Welcome to our the BEAR BASICS space! Here, you can discover the eight species of bear roaming this planet. Each bear lives a unique and fascinating life, in very different habitats. Yet, all of them belong to the same species. Click on each bear card to learn about them.
The awe-inspiring brown bear lives in the forests and mountains of northern North America, Europe, and Asia. It's the most widely ranging bear in the world and has many subspecies including the famous Grizzly!
The shaggy-coated sloth bear is native to India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Sloth bears primarily eat termites and ants, and unlike other bear species, they routinely carry their cubs on their backs.
American Black Bear
The American black bear, which population had been largely reduced by overhunting, habitat loss, and fragmentation in the past century, has made an impressive comeback in parts of North America. If you live in the eastern United States, you might want to keep an eye on your backyard for some surprising summer visitors!
Polar bears live in one of the planet's coldest environments: The Arctic ice cap, and thus depend on a thick coat of insulated fur, which covers a warming layer of fat. They are known to be excellent swimmers, swimming at times hundreds of miles away from the continent.
Wild pandas live only in remote, mountainous regions in central China. These high bamboo forests require a cool and humid climate which, during summers are mostly find in high altitude. A healthy adult can climb up to 13,000 feet and spends on average 12 hours a day eating.