Archive for the ‘Bears’ Category

International Red Panda Day

Today, Saturday 13th November is International Red Panda Day; a day designed to raise awareness of red pandas and raise money to try to preserve them. Red Pandas, also known as lesser pandas, are listed as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN. There are a number of courses which have made these animals become threatened in the […]

November 13, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · Comments Closed
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Gobi Bear

The Gobi bear, Ursus arctos gobiensis, is one of the rarest if not the rarest sub-species of brown bear. Not much is known about this species due to their excessive low numbers. In fact there are only believed to be 30 Gobi bears left in the wild. These bears are often mixed up with the […]

June 3, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · Comments Closed
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Tibetan Blue Bear (Himalayan Snow Bear)

The Tibetan blue bear is a sub-species of the brown bear. Its scientific name is Ursus arctos pruinosus. This bear, also referred to as the ‘Himalayan Snow Bear’ is often found in the eastern Tibetan plateau. Other names for this bear include:Tibetan brown bear, Himalayan blue bear, Tibetan snow bear and the horse bear, and […]

June 3, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · One Comment
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Kamchatka Brown Bear

The Kamchatka brown bear (Ursus arctos beringianus) is also known as the Far Eastern Brown Bear due to the location in which it can be found. These bears can be found native in places such as the Kamchatka Peninsula, Anadyrasky District and Kariginskiy Island amongst other places. The Kamchatka brown bear is closely related to […]

May 31, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · 3 Comments
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European Brown Bear (Eurasian Brown Bear)

The European brown bear is a sub-species of the brown bear and is thought to be the most common sub-species. It’s scientific name Ursus arctos arctos tells us that it is definitely a sub-species of the brown bear, who’s scientific name is Ursus arctos. It is also commonly known as the Eurasian brown bear as […]

May 31, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · 5 Comments
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Brown Panda Bear

Brown Panda bears are extremely rare. To my knowledge there have only ever been 5 recorded in history and they have been described as brown giant panda bears. The first brown panda was discovered in 1985. I believe that brown giant panda bears are not a sub-species of the giant panda or a separate species […]

May 30, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · Comments Closed
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Extinct Bears: Dwarf Panda

The dwarf panda or Ailuropoda minor as it is scientifically known is a dwarf species of panda bear. This panda is thought to have lived in China about two million years ago. The dwarf panda was about half the size of today’s giant panda, being about 3 feet long at most; giant pandas can be […]

May 30, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · 2 Comments
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Qinling Panda

The Qinling panda bear (Ailuropoda melanoleuca qinlingensis) is one of two sub-species to the giant panda bear. It was the first giant panda sub-species to be identified and was named in 2005. So far the Qinling Panda has only been found in the Qinling mountains. There are estimated to be only 200-300 individuals of the […]

May 30, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · 2 Comments
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Giant Panda Bear

The giant panda bear is one of the few bears, along with other panda species that does not belong to the Ursus (Bear) family. Instead they belongs to the Ailurpoda family, with the exception of the Red Panda, which belongs to Ailuridae; yet are classified as bears. The bear that is closest related to the […]

May 30, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · 2 Comments
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Red Panda (Lesser Panda)

Despite being called a panda bear, red pandas are actually part of the Ailuridae family and are not related to Panda bears (as we know them) at all. The red panda is the only species of the sub-species Ailurus and is scientifically Ailurus fulgens. In Latin, Ailurus fulgens, literally means ‘shining cat’. There are mixed […]

May 30, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · One Comment
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Extinct Bears: Cave Bear

The cave bear, Ursus spelaeus, was one of the fiercest mammals in prehistoric Europe. It was highly regarded by many tribes and plays a big part in mythology. It is believed that Cave Bear became extinct approximately 27,500 years ago. I first came across the Cave bear when reading Jean M. Auel’s ‘Earth’s Children’ novels […]

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Grizzly Bear (Silvertip Bear)

The grizzly bear or Silvertip Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) is a sub-species of the brown bear (Ursus Arctos). Grizzly bears are classified as ‘Vulnerable’ by the IUCN due to habitat loss, hunting and poaching. They can generally be found in North-West America and are the second largest carnivore in that area after the polar bear. […]

May 30, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · Comments Closed
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Kermode Bear (Spirit Bear)

The Kermode bear, Ursus americanus kermodei, or ‘spirit bear’ or ‘ghost bear’ as it is more commonly known, is actually counted as a black bear despite its cream colour. The Kermode bear is actually not a separate species of bear, but is a white-coloured sub-species of the American Black Bear. However only about one tenth […]

May 30, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · 2 Comments
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Polar Bears

This page is about polar bears in general rather than specific species of polar bear. There are in fact 19 separate species of polar bear, 8 of which are reported as being either ‘endangered’ or ‘declining in numbers’.  In fact in 2005 the IUCN classified 8 species as declining, 1 species as increasing and 3 […]

May 30, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · 2 Comments
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Extinct Polar Bear: Ursus Maritimus Tyrannus

Ursus Maritimus Tyrannus, is the scientific name for an extinct species of polar bear. Many fossilised records of this bear have been found in England, United Kingdom. The translation of the Latin name Ursus Maritimus Tyrannus, means ‘Tyrant Sea Bear’. In appearance this bear was likely to have looked a little like the extinct cave […]

May 30, 2010 · Maddia (Admin) · 8 Comments
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