Glacier Bears

The glacier bear (Ursus americanus emmonsii) also known as the blue bear, is a subspecies of American black bear that has silver-blue or gray hair. Habitat The glacier bear is endemic to Southeast Alaska along the seaward front of the Mount St. Elias Range, about Yakutat Bay, and southeast to Glacier Bay. They prefer forest […]

Giant Panda

The giant panda belongs to the Ursidae family. Its scientific name is Ailuropoda melanoleuca which means black and white bear. However, it is also known as the panda bear or simply panda. Habitat Giant panda bears inhabit mountain ranges in central China. Mainly the Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu mountains. They can mostly be found at elevations between […]

Sun Bears

Sun bears (Ursidae Helarctos malayanus) are the smallest bear types and one of the rarest bears in the world. These bears also go by the names honey bear, dog bear, and Malay/Malaysian bear. Habitat Sun bears inhabit rainforests of Southeast Asia. They are found in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Laos. Many are found in […]

Sloth Bears

There are two subspecies of sloth bear: The Indian sloth bear Melursus ursinus ursinus  and the Sri Lankan sloth bear Melursus ursinus inornatus. They are so named because early discoverers probably saw them hanging upside down from trees or due to their slow wandering walking-style much like sloths. Habitat Native to the Indian subcontinent, sloth […]

Spectacled Bears

Tremarctos ornatus or the spectacled bear, also known as the Andean bear, is the only extant bear species native to South America. Spectacled bears are considered one of the most endangered bear species, second only to the giant panda bear. Habitat Spectacled bears inhabit the Andes mountain range in South America (hence the name Andean bear). […]

Polar Bears

The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is the largest species of all bears. It is also the largest carnivore on land. The polar bear is a hyper carnivorous bear that is a large bear, approximately the same size as the omnivorous Kodiak bear. Habitat Polar bears live in the Arctic areas of Alaska, Canada, Russia, Greenland, […]

Kodiak Bears

Kodiak bears (Ursus arctos middendorffi) also referred to as the Kodiak brown bear is a brown bear subspecies native to Kodiak Islands, Alaska. Habitat These types of bears are native to the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago which is just off the coast of Alaska (to the south). More specifically, Kodiak, Afognak, Shuyak, Raspberry, Uganik, […]

Siberian Brown Bears

Siberian brown bears (Ursus arctos collaris) also known as the East Siberian brown bear is a subspecies of brown bear that lives in Eurasia. Habitat These brown bears live in the Altai Mountains (Mongolia), Nothern China, and Eastern Kazakhstan. They can also be found in the Siberian Taiga. Description The Siberian brown bear is not as big […]

Syrian Brown Bears

Syrian brown bears (Ursus arctos syriacus) are a small species of brown bear that is endemic to the Middle East. They were first classified in 1828 by naturalist Wilhelm Hemprich and zoologist Christian Ehrenberg. Habitat This brown bear can be found sleeping or hibernating in caves and hollow trees in mountainous terrain. The Syrian brown […]

Tibetan Blue Bears

The Tibetan bear or Tibetan blue bear (Ursus arctos pruinosus) is a subspecies of brown bears native to the eastern Tibetan Plateau. These bears are also known as the Himalayan blue bear, Himalayan snow bear, Tibetan brown bear, or the horse bear. Habitat Tibetan blue bears live in the alpine regions of eastern Tibet, western China, […]

Alaska Peninsula Brown Bears

Alaska Peninsula brown bears also known as the peninsular grizzly (Ursus arctos gyas) typically live along the southern coast of Alaska where there’s an abundance of seasonally spawning salmon. Habitat These types of brown bears live along coastal Alaska from the Aleutian Islands as far west as Unimak, the Alaska Peninsula to the Kenai Peninsula. Description Alaska Peninsula brown bears are […]

Atlas Bears

Atlas bears, also known as the African bear (Ursus arctos crowtheri) is an extinct species of bear that was native to Africa. Habitat The bear gets its name because it mainly lived in the Atlas Mountain and areas surrounding Morroco, Libya, and Algeria. However, fossils of the bear have been found in caves throughout North […]

Grizzly Bears

Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos ssp.) are a subspecies of the brown bear and are one of the largest land mammals in North America. Habitat Grizzly bears can be found in the northwestern states of the USA (Idaho and Montana, for example), Alaska, and Canada. They tend to live in mountainous or forested areas. Most of the Grizzlys […]

Kamchatka Brown Bears

\Kamchatka brown bears(Ursus arctos beringianus) are also known as the Far Eastern brown bear. These subspecies of brown bears are native to Russia. Habitat Kamchatka brown bears live on the Kamchatka Peninsula (hence the name), Karaginskiy Island, Shantar Islands, as well as Kuril Islands (all found in eastern Siberia). Description The Kamchatka brown bear has […]

Asian Black Bears

Asian black bears (Ursus thibetanus) or Asiatic black bear is a species of black bear native to Asia. These types of bears are also known as the moon bear because they have a crescent-shaped marking on their chests. Most Asiatic black bears are nocturnal and, spend the day asleep in caves or hollow trees. They […]

Baluchistan Black Bears

The Balochistan (or Baluchistan) black bear (Ursus thibetanus gedrosianus) is a subspecies of the Asiatic black bear and by default one of the many types of black bears around the world. Baluchistan black bears have a thinner coat compared to other Asian black bears, however, this is because it is found in a warmer climate. Here’s everything you need […]

Formosan Black Bears

Formosan black bears (Ursus thibetanus formosanus), also known as the white-throated bear because of the markings on its chest, is the largest mammal in Taiwan. This subspecies of the Asiatic black bear is native to Taiwan. Here’s everything that you need to know about these types of black bears. Habitat The Formosan bear lives in the mountainous forests […]

Himalayan Black Bears

Himalayan black bears (Ursus thibetanus laniger) are a subspecies of the Asian black bear found in the Himalayan mountains of India, Tibet, China, and Nepal. Habitat These types of black bears can be found all throughout the Himalaya from Bhutan in the east to Pakistan in the west in mountainous areas and jungles. In summer, the […]

Japanese Black Bears

Japanese black bears (Ursus thibetanus japonicus) is a subspecies of the Asian black bear that lives on three main islands of Japan: Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. Habitat Most of Japan’s black bear population can be found in Eastern Honshu. The black bear population on Shikoku and Kyushu may be endangered or extinct. They prefer to live […]

Kermode Bears

Kermode bears ( Ursus americanus kermodei) are also known as the spirit bear or ghost bear because of the white coat that some of these black bears have. Some believe that Kermode bears evolved over the last 10,000 years from black bears that became isolated more than 300,000 years ago. Here’s everything you need to […]

Florida Black Bears

The Florida black bear, Ursus americanus floridanus, is an American black bear subspecies.  There are six other species of black bears native to North America. Habitat Florida black bears inhabit mostly forested areas where there is an abundance of food. Though they could be found all throughout Florida, including the keys, these days their habitat is […]

Cinnamon Bears

Cinnamon bears (Ursus americanus Cinnamomum) is a type of bear, more specifically a subspecies of the American black bear. As you probably already know, there are many types of black bears. The most striking difference between this bear and the common black bear is that the cinnamon bear has reddish-brown fur. Habitat These bears live […]

California Black Bears

The California black bear known by its scientific name Ursus americanus californiensis is a type of black bear that lives in areas of and surrounding California. It is a subspecies of the American black bear. It is one of two subspecies of black bear, the other being the Olympic black bear, to live in California. […]

Olympic Black Bears

Ursus americanus altifrontalis known as the Olympic black bear is one of the many types of black bears to live in North America. These types of bears share a lot in common with other species in the black bear family (for example, California black bears). Here’s everything you need to know about the Olympic black […]

American Black Bears

American black bears known by their scientific name Ursus Americanus is the smallest living species of bears found on the continent of North America. There are several subspecies or types of black bears in North America. However, they all share some common traits. Here is everything you need to know about the American black bears […]

7 Extinct Bear Species

There’s no doubt that there are several different types of bears in existence today. However, there are also a few extinct bear species that roamed the earth. There are about 7 kinds of bears that are now extinct. They are the Atlas bear, Bergman’s bear, California grizzly bear, Mexican grizzly bear, the Steppe brown bear, […]

Types Of Bears – Explanation + Visual Guide

As far as different types of bears go, there are 8 different bear species that you’d find around the world. However, within the different species of bears, you’d find different types of bears or subspecies. Bears can live in a variety of terrain types and they are omnivorous animals with some favoring a plant-based diet […]