Bears can be found throughout the world. They are generally large animals, and are characterized by a plantigrade walk (on their heels, like humans), a large body, short legs, a stub of a tail, small, round ears, and forward facing eyes.
All bears are classified as carnivores, or meat eaters, but they all eat plants to one degree or another. The panda, for example, is almost exclusively a plant eater. The polar bear is almost entirely a carnivore.
There are considered to be eight species of bear.
- The Black Bear [ updated: 10-23-10 ]
- The Brown Bear [ updated: 10-23-10 ]
- The Polar Bear [ updated: 10-31-10 ]
- The Asiatic Black Bear [ updated: 10-23-10 ]
- The Sloth Bear [ updated: 10-23-10 ]
- The Spectacled Bear [ updated: 10-23-10 ]
- The Sun Bear [ updated: 10-23-10 ]
- The Giant Panda Bear [ updated: 10-23-10 ]
This bruin is one of the three North American bears. It is common in many states, and although called "black" it can be found in many colors including white.
Known by various names, such as grizzly or Kodiak, this bear typifies wildness for many people.
A black and white bear native to China.