Bears are part of the Mammalia Class and are within the order Carnivora. There are only 8 living species of bear and each has stocky legs a long snout, thick shaggy hair and five non-retractile claws.

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Kodiak bears are some of the largest bears in the world and live only in the islands of the Kodiak Archipelago in Alaska.

By Jesslyn Shields

Yes, the obvious fur color seems like a dead giveaway, but you can't always judge a bear by the color of its fur.

By Mark Mancini

The polar bear's shocking whiteness, ferocity and sheer size make it an icon of purity and power. How do these animals survive in a frigid climate?

By Julia Layton & Nathan Chandler


It's the job of the huge grizzly bears at Montana's Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center to test the everything from coolers and trash cans to food storage containers.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

Despite being known as the "lesser panda," the red panda is so totally cute, we simply can't use that moniker. No way. Not now. Not ever.

By John Perritano

In this guide to the Giant Panda, you'll learn about the current threats and it's habitat.

What do bears do during the year? Check out this article to learn about behavior of bears from January to December.


The brown bear, the grizzly, and the Kodiak bear are all part of the brown bear species. Learn about the Brown Bear in this article.

You want to track a bear, but don't know how to do it. Learn about how to track a bear in this article.

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Check out these adorable pictures of baby bears and see if you can handle the cuteness!

Check out these adorable pictures of giant pandas and learn all there is to know about these amazing animals!


They call the creature a bear. And bears are known to hibernate each winter. So why don't pandas slip into the same cold-weather stupor? Are they really even bears at all?

By Jane McGrath

If your favorite diner's blue plate special is ever sauteed polar bear liver, you may want to stick with salad. This meal can cause symptoms far beyond indigestion.

By Robert Lamb

Since 1990, there have been only five panda cubs born in the United States. This may seem a little low. Getting pandas to mate in captivity is extremely difficult. Why is the birth rate for giant pandas so low? Find out the answer in this article.

By Tracy V. Wilson