Published August 31, 2018 | Animal Knowledge, Animals, Endangered

Although a formidable wild animal, bears are a huge favorite with many, especially little children. This could be due to their cuddly appearance. Bears are not cuddly though, so be sure to always keep a safe distance!

Did you know that there are at least 8 different bear species in the world? These include the Polar Bear, the North American Black Bear, the Brown Bear, the Asiatic Black Bear, the Sun Bear and the Panda Bear.

Here are some interesting bear facts:

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Photo Source : David Cohen

Polar Bears

One of the largest bears in the world, the Polar Bear is the most distinctive with its white fur, and are almost always photographed crossing or swimming across a frozen tundra. The adult male bear can weigh up to 400 kg while the adult female polar bear can weigh up to 300 kg.

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Photo Source : Hans Veth

North American Black Bear

This is the most common bear found in North America, with black, bluish-black, brown or white furs with the more common colours being black or brown. It is omnivorous and eats mostly vegetables. They can live up to 25 years in the wild, and the female bears mate and produce babies at 5 to 7 years of age.

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Photo Source : Jeroen Wehkamp

Giant Panda

Probably the most popular bear in the world, thanks to its gentle and delicate nature and cute markings. Today, giant pandas in the wild can only be found in six separate mountain ranges in China. During winter, giant pandas are the only types of bears that do not hibernate, opting instead to move downwards to warmer climates. The giant panda is endangered and elusive and lives off a type of bamboo, which is not very nutritious so they eat up to 20kg of this a day! Check out list of other endangered animals in the world.

Want to get up close to a real living and breathing bear? Visit us at Bali Safari Park in Gianyar, Bali to see these beautiful creatures, and other wild animals from around the world, roam freely in their natural habitats.