March 23rd

World Bear Day

World Bear Day

World Bear Day is dedicated to the protection of all bears, regardless of species. Bears are globally threatened by the loss of their habitat as a result of human activity, climate change, but also due to their size and direct conflicts with humans.

In addition, bears have been and still are used in the entertainment industry and for Asian medicine, such as bear bile or cooking bear paw soup.
There are currently eight species of bears on Earth, with some having multiple subspecies. Pandas were once classified as bears, but now only the giant panda remains in the group of the largest terrestrial predators. The red panda, which was separated into a separate family called Ailuridae, is the only true panda. Bears are found in Europe, Asia, and America. They used to be found in the mountains of northwest Africa, but were exterminated. The Atlas bear, a subspecies of the brown bear, was extinct in the second half of the 19th century.
The largest bear is the polar bear, which inhabits Arctic islands and the northern coast of the mainland. Males can weigh up to 600 kg. The Kodiak bear, a subspecies of the brown bear, could be its rival in size. On the other hand, the smallest bear is the sun bear, weighing a maximum of 65 kg. The brown bear has the largest range, with up to 16 subspecies. They have a wide range of body weights, from about 60 kg to 600 kg, especially the Kodiak bear. In Europe, and rarely in the Czech Republic, the subspecies called the brown bear is found. This name is derived from the word "brť," which means hollow tree, where wild bees made their nests. A "brtník" was a beekeeper who collected honey from hollow trees, a practice also enjoyed by bears. "Brtník" is also a village in central Bohemia.
Bear Quiz
Bears are a very interesting group of animals. You can learn more about them through a quiz.
Source: ZOO Ostrava


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