10 Beary Interesting Facts about Polar, Grizzly and Black Bears
As spring dawns on our side of the globe, our friends in the Northern Hemisphere prepare themselves for the arrival of autumn. While most anticipate the coming of autumn for the presence of fall foliage and a cooler season, we celebrate the commencement of prime bear viewing!
When often thinking of wildlife, first thoughts fly to the amazing array of animals in Africa. However we tend to leave little thought for bears. To celebrate prime bear viewing season, here are some facts about our furry friends!
TOP 10 BEAR FACTS:
Polar bears can easily swim non-stop for 100km at a speed of 10km per hour.
Polar bears have 42 teeth and keep warm thanks to nearly 10 cm of blubber under the skin.
Polar bears and grizzlies are now mating creating bears called Pizzlies or Grolars. This hybrid bear was first confirmed back in 2006.
Polar bears can weigh up to around 680 kgs, grizzlies up to 360 kgs and black bears up to 270 kgs.
75% of the grizzly and black bear diet is comprised of berries, leaves and nuts. The polar bear, on the other hand, mostly prefers seals.
The spirit bear, also known as the Kermode bear, is actually a black bear that carries a recessive gene making its fur a creamy white.
During hibernation, a black bear may lose 30-50% of its fat reserves.
Pregnant grizzly bears and black bears are known to give birth in their sleep!
Bear attacks on humans are extremely rare; a common misconception is that when a bear stands, people often mistake this for a sign of attack however the bear is a curious creature that often stands for a better view or sniff.
Polar bears are classified as marine mammals, even though they are unable to stay underwater for more than two minutes without air.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE BEARS?:
Polar bears can be found in Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Russia, Norway and the Arctic. Grizzly bears reside in the continental U.S where they are protected by law while many grizzlies can still be found in the wilds of Canada and Alaska. Black bears can be found in the diverse climates of Canada to northern Mexico.
Track grizzlies, observe black bears and experience intimate viewing with polar bears on our extraordinary journeys:
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Polar Bears - Tundra Buggy
The Tundra Buggy Lodge offers a unique, immersive experience where guests can fall asleep and wake up polar bears right outside the window. Enjoy wildlife viewing around the clock as the bears go about their lives in the area surrounding the lodge.
Wildlife in the Canadian Rockies
The Canadian Rockies are a playground for the region's unique wildlife. See grizzlies, black bears, elk, caribou, wolves and coyotes in their natural habitat on this self-drive journey through Canada's stunning Rocky Mountains.
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