There are 8 species of bears in the world. They are distributed on all continents except Africa and Antarctica, and are missing from Australia. Most bears are omnivores but species range from the carnivorous polar bear to the herbaceous giant panda. Bears are generally large (27-380 kg), covered with a thick coat of fur, and have large claws and teeth. Being large bodied and primarily ground- traveling, they are easily detected by camera traps.

All Bears in the Smithsonian Wild

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