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What does one of the world's largest carnivores have to fear?

Arctic Giant

Posted: November 12, 2012

While the cold has us bundling up, the polar bear brothers, Kiska and Koluk, seem as comfortable as ever. It's no wonder--their species calls the ice sheets of the Arctic Circle home.

With an average male weight of 900 pounds, the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is one of the world’s largest carnivores. Polar bears prey mainly on seals, eating the occasional bird egg, walrus or muskox.

Despite their heft, polar bears are vulnerable, and populations are in decline. Their hunting grounds disappear as sea ice melts due to a warming planet. Discover polar bears, learn how you can help and watch a feeding at the Zoo’s Inukshuk Bay.

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