Teddy, gummi, grizzly, and Chicago: what do these all have in common? They're all bears! Well, only one of these, grizzly, is a bear you might see at the Zoo, but all of these examples show that people really like bears. We name all sorts of things after bears. But when you're talking about real, live types of bears, there are considered to be eight speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. of bears: black bears, brown bears (also called grizzly bears), polar bears, Asiatic black bears, sloth bears, Andean bears, sun bears and, of course, the giant panda bear.
Bears live in different habitats in various places around the world, but they do have some things in common. They are generally big animals that walk heel-toe like we do. They carry their large body on short legs, have just a stub of a tail, small, round ears, and forward-facing eyes.
Bears eat meat, but they all also eat plants, too. For example, the panda is almost entirely a plantAny living thing that is not an animal. Plants live on sunlight and water instead of food. Plants generally cannot move on their own, and are not able to smell, hear, see, or touch. eater, chomping away on lots of bamboo. The polar bear, on the other hand, or paw, is almost entirely a carnivoreA meat-eating animal; one who eats the flesh of other animals.!
On your next visit to the Zoo, see how many types of bears you can find. And maybe you'll even see what they are eating!