Polar Bears

Not only are they the largest land carnivore, polar bears also happen to be the top predator in the Arctic. Their impressive size (up to 12 feet tall for males) running speed (20 miles per hour), and swimming ability combine to make them one of the fiercest predators around.

Polar bears aren’t truly white; their fur is actually translucent. This allows sunlight to soak through their fur and into their black skin helping them stay warm in chilly temperatures.

Highly dependent on seasonal sea ice for hunting and traveling, global climate change is severely impacting these extraordinary animals. Because of their unstable habitat and food supply, polar bears are considered threatened by the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Witness the graceful agility of these extraordinary animals at Wild Arctic.

If you can’t get enough of the Arctic, check out the Beluga Interaction Program. Not only will you learn all there is to know about polar bears and walruses, but you will come as close to our beluga whales as the trainers do — in the chilly arctic water!

Q: Where do polar bears live?
SW: These amazing animals live in the polar playgrounds of the icy seas, islands, and continental coastlines throughout the Arctic.

Q: What do they eat?
SW: Anything they can catch! Actually, polar bears mainly prey on ringed seals and bearded seals. They also will eat whale carcasses, beluga whales, and walruses. If their preferred prey is scarce, they can eat reindeer, rodents, waterfowl, bird eggs, fishes and even a few greens for good measure, like kelp.

Q: How big do they get?
SW: Full grown males stand a towering 8 to 12 feet tall, while females are much more petite by bear standards, stretching out closer to 6.5 to 8 feet long.

Q: Do they have blubber?
SW: Polar bears are one of the few marine mammals without blubber. They do have a very thick fat layer (about 4.5 inches) that helps keep them warm and also acts as an energy reserve.