Bear Scientific Name

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About Bear


They belong to the Ursidae family and they are mammals. They are found in both hemispheres and are carnivores in nature but sometimes they also consume fruits and leaves. Some varieties of bears consume bamboo shoots and this shoot is considered as 99% part of their diet, whereas some other varieties also consume termites and ants also. At present time there are only eight species of bear, they are:

Asian black bear – Ursus thibetanus

American black bear – Ursus americanus

Brown bear – Ursus arctos

Giant panda – Ailuropoda melanoleuca

Sloth bear – Melursus ursinus

Sun bear – Helarctos malayanus

Spectacled bear – Tremarctos ornatus

Polar bear – Ursus maritimus

Classification of Bear

The scientific name of the bear is Ursus.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Infraorder: Arctoidea

Family: Ursidae

Important Facts About Bear

1. Lifespan of a bear is about 20 years. 

2. Bears can run at a speed of 40km/hr.

3. Polar bears are considered as one of the heaviest bears with a weight of approx 450Kg.

4. Gestation period of bears is about 195 – 265 days.

5. During winter most of the bears undergo hibernation due to scarcity of food in the winter season. As during hibernation, most of the process gets lowered like heart rate, body temperature, metabolism, and respiration.

6. Giant panda bears mostly feed bamboo shoots.

7. Smallest species of bear is the Sun bear, having a weight of about 25kg.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Write a Note on the Feeding Habits of Bears?

Ans. Most of the bears are omnivorous in nature i.e. they consume both plants and animals. Their digestive system and teeth are adapted in such a way that they can digest leaves, roots, and berries to insects, carrion, fresh meat, and fish. But in the case of polar bears, they are mostly carnivorous in nature as plantation is almost nil in polar areas. 

2. To Which Family Do Bears Belong?

Ans. Bears belong to the Ursidae family.

3. How Do Bears Communicate?

Ans. Bears communicate by producing vocal and non-vocal sounds. And in producing sound their tongue plays a crucial role along with that tongue also plays an important role in the churning process.