Meet the brown bear …
Did you know?
- The scientific name of the brown bear is Ursus arctos.
- Brown bears belong to a group of mammals called the Carnivora, or flesh-eaters.
- The brown bear is the second largest carnivore, after the polar bear.
- Young brown bears are called cubs.
- Brown bears are the most widespread species of bear.
- Brown bears are widely distributed, living across parts of North America, Europe, and Asia.
- Brown bears live in many different types of habitats, including temperate forests, coastal areas, meadows, grasslands, tundra, and semi-deserts.
- Although they belong to Carnivora, brown bears have an omnivorous diet – meaning they eat more than just meat. Their diet can include plant matter, berries, fungi, fish, reptiles, birds, eggs, and mammals.
- In some areas, brown bears hibernate – go into a dormant, inactive state – in winter.
- Brown bears live up to 30 years in the wild.
Did you hear?
- What happens to the weight of a brown bear when it hibernates?
- How can you tell brown bears and American black bears apart?
- How many cubs do brown bear females usually have in a litter?
- What predators are known to sometimes kill brown bear cubs?
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The Zoological Society of London for sharing the camera trap videos. The footage was captured as part of a project run by Bioterra & NatureSpy.