- Polar bears help us gain an understanding of what is happening throughout the Arctic, as a polar bear at risk may signal something is wrong elsewhere in the arctic marine ecosystem.
- Large carnivores - those that are at the apex or top of the food chain - are particularly sensitive indicators of the health of an ecosystem... in this case, the Arctic.
352 - 680 kg
2 - 3 m
20-25,000 polar bears worldwide
© WWF / Geoff York
A polar bear (Ursus maritimus) and her cubs
© iStockPhoto / Derek Dammann
Close up of polar bear's claws (possibly taken in a zoo)
© Jon Aars / Norwegian Polar Institute / WWF-Canon
A close up of a Polar bear's dark skin and fair hair. Svalbard, ...
© iStockPhoto / Karel Delvoye
Polar bear with seal carcass.
Why is the polar bear so important?
Polar bears and sea ice
By 2040, the summer sea ice could be reduced to a small fringe on the northern coasts of Canada and Greenland. This is the Last Ice Area.
Learn more about the Last Ice Area