8 Species Of Bears And Where To Find Them

Andean bear

Spectacled bears, or Andean bears, are native to the Andes Mountains. They are the only bear species in South America, named for the distinctive markings around their eyes.​

Giant Panda

Giant pandas live in the mountainous regions of central China. Known for their distinctive black-and-white fur, they primarily eat bamboo and are a symbol of conservation.​

Grizzly bear

Grizzly bears, a subspecies of brown bears, are found in North America’s forests and mountains. Known for their strength, they are omnivores with diets ranging from berries to salmon.​

Himalayan brown bear

Himalayan brown bears live in the mountainous regions of the Himalayas. They are critically endangered due to habitat loss and poaching for their fur and body parts.

Kodiak bear

Kodiak bears reside on the Kodiak Archipelago in Alaska. These large brown bears are isolated from other species, thriving in the island's rich ecosystem.

Polar bear

​Polar bears inhabit the Arctic Circle, primarily on sea ice. They are expert hunters of seals but face critical threats from climate change and melting ice habitats.​

Sloth bear

​Sloth bears inhabit the forests of the Indian subcontinent. They have shaggy fur and a diet mainly of termites and ants, using their long claws to dig into nests.​

Sun bear

​Sun bears are found in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. The smallest bear species, they have short black fur and a characteristic orange-yellow chest patch.​