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Bears (Ursidae)
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Bears (Ursidae)

You can find bears on every continent other than Antarctica and Australia. But most of the 8 species of the Ursidae family live in the northern hemisphere.

Meet this "small group of mostly large mammals" that all have small, rounded eyes and very short tails — and find out why they're often the top predator in their ecosystems.

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Double Panda Game

Double Panda Game

In this platform game, a red panda and a giant panda must fight ninjas and collect desserts in order to rescue their master. Let the panda-monium begin! More...

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G-Bear and B-Bear Rap

G-Bear and B-Bear Rap

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Parks Canada
Scientist Profile: Wildlife Biologists

Scientist Profile: Wildlife Biologists

Find out why wildlife biologist John Beckmann and dog handler Aimee Hurt are on the hunt for black bear, grizzly bear, wolf, and mountain lion scat (poop) in the area surrounding Yellowstone. More...

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A Panda Baby Boom?

A Panda Baby Boom?

Take a look at the early days of the world's only known living panda triplets. Mengmeng, Shuaishuai, and Kuku celebrated their 6-month birthday in January 2015. More...

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Polar Bear Walrus Hunt

Polar Bear Walrus Hunt

A desperate polar bear, worn down by the lack of feeding opportunities in its shrinking habitat, goes after adult walruses. How does it all turn out? More...

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BBC
Birthday Cake for Panda

Birthday Cake for Panda

What do you give a panda for his 16th birthday? How about a birthday cake shaped like a car? That's just what they did at the National Zoo. More...

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National Geographic
Brook Falls Bear and Salmon Cam

Brook Falls Bear and Salmon Cam

This animal cam that broadcasts from Brooks Falls in Alaska's Katmai National Park lets you watch brown bears feasting during a salmon run. More...

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Explore.org
Climate Change Threatens Giant Pandas’ Bamboo

Climate Change Threatens Giant Pandas’ Bamboo

Giant pandas are already an endangered species. Climate change could make that situation even worse. Find out how. More...

Article
National Science Foundation
Giant Panda Makes a Run for It

Giant Panda Makes a Run for It

Even pandas want to have fun. Watch as one tries to escape its zoo enclosure! More...

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NPR/Huffington Post
Hibernating Black Bear: Medical Marvel

Hibernating Black Bear: Medical Marvel

Dr. Paul Iaizzo does heart research. So why is he climbing into bear dens? Find out what hibernating bears have to do with human hearts and other muscles. More...

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University of Minnesota
Top 10 Bear Battles

Top 10 Bear Battles

You don't want to get in the way of a hungry bear and his food, or a mother and her cub. Watch bears battling a variety of other animals, as well as each other, in this collection of video clips. More...

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Animal Planet
Arctic Bears: How Grizzlies Evolved into Polar Bears

Arctic Bears: How Grizzlies Evolved into Polar Bears

Animals often survive by adapting to changes in their environment. It looks like that might by why a group of grizzlies eventually became polar bears. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Beware of Predatory Male American Black Bears

Beware of Predatory Male American Black Bears

You may have heard mama bears will do anything to protect their young. But it turns out it's usually males that attack humans. Get the details. More...

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Science Daily
Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves

Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves

For decades, grizzly bears reigned supreme in Yellowstone National Park...until the reintroduction of gray wolves. Now they battle for the same food sources. More...

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NATURE/PBS
Giant Panda Pictures

Giant Panda Pictures

Awww! One look at these photos and it will be clear why the giant panda is the "poster child" for endangered species! More...

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National Geographic
Grizzly Bear Safety Quiz

Grizzly Bear Safety Quiz

A grizzly bear! Run! No, wait. Don't run! Would you know what to do if you encountered a grizzly? Take this quiz to find out! More...

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Discovery
Panda Cam!

Panda Cam!

Watch Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, the giant pandas that live at the National Zoo in Washington, with the Panda Cam! More...

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Smithsonian
Planet’s Best: Polar Bear Tundra Buggy

Planet’s Best: Polar Bear Tundra Buggy

Out on the tundra life is harsh. Polar bears rule the land...but humans have the Tundra Buggy. This "school bus on steroids" takes people on frozen safaris. More...

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Polar Bear Photo Gallery

Polar Bear Photo Gallery

They're the lords of the north. Polar bears are fascinating to watch...from a distance. Here you can even get an up-close look at their cubs. More...

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National Geographic
The Great Bear Rainforest

The Great Bear Rainforest

British Columbia is home to the largest coastal temperate rainforest. Explore the thousands of plant and animal species in the Great Bear Rainforest, including herring and white "Spirit" bears. More...

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EARTH A New Wild/PBS
The Ultimate Bear Quiz

The Ultimate Bear Quiz

Are you smarter than the average bear? Is so, then you know that grizzlies can eat 80-90 pounds a food a day during the summer. Check your facts with this 20-question quiz. More...

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