Polar Bear

Taxonomic Name: Ursus maritimus


Conservation Status:
Vulnerable (IUCN)

Type: Mammal

Longevity in the Wild: Up to 25 years

Diet: Primarily ringed and bearded seals

Size: Adult males can reach 3 metres in length, and up to 700kg!
 
Fun Fact: There is a myth that polar bears are invisible under thermal imaging camera, but that's not exactly true! They are not as easy to see as some other animals such as seals, so Assiniboine Park Zoo is collaborating with international researchers to help refine techniques to properly detect polar bears in wild surveys.

You can find the Zoo's polar bears in the Journey to Churchill section.

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