The spectacled bear is the only species of bear that lives in the Southern Hemisphere. They are also the smallest species of bear, with females only weighing 180 pounds at maturity and males reaching 340 pounds. They are named for the yellowish rings around their eyes.Know More
Spectacled bears are the only surviving members of the short-faced bear family. This family of bear species used to roam across North and South America during the last Ice Age.
Spectacled bears live in the Andes. They are primarily vegetarians and consume berries, fruits, honey and cacti. They supplement their diets with meat from rodents, birds and sometimes small cows. They can climb very well and often spend time up in trees. They build platforms in the trees to rest on.Learn more about Bears
Adult female grizzly bears can weigh from 200 to 450 pounds, while the adult male of the species weighs anywhere from 300 to 850 pounds. The largest documented grizzly on record weighed 1,200 pounds and stood 10 feet tall.Full Answer >
The scientific classification of the polar bear is in the kingdom Animalia, phylum Chordata, class Mammalia, order Carnivora, family Ursidae, genus Ursus and species maritimus. The polar bear's binomial name is Ursus maritimus, determined by the English explorer Constantine Phipps in 1774.Full Answer >
The male American black bear averages around 250 pounds although some may weigh as little as 125 pounds or as much as above 600 pounds. Female black bears average around 150 pounds, although their weights can range from 90 pounds on the low end to over 300 pounds on the high end.Full Answer >
According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, black bears have very few predators besides humans. Bear cubs are preyed upon by cougars, bobcats and coyotes, but no animals eat adult bears.Full Answer >