polar bears

Meet the Animals Behind the Mascots of the 2014 Winter Olympics

When the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, kick off with the opening ceremony this Friday, a leopard, a hare, and a polar bear will be among those gathering with athletes, dignitaries, and journalists. But fear not, these four-legged animals are ...

“World First”: Watch Polar Bear Cubs Open Eyes

Warning: If you can’t handle extreme cuteness, you may want to look away. Twin baby polar bears at the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, Germany, have opened their eyes for the first time. The twin cubs, just five weeks old, ...

Polar Bear Mating: A Chance of a Lifetime

By Paul Nicklen with Cristina Mittermeier It had been a long time since I had any feeling in my feet or hands as I sat on the sea ice in Svalbard, Norway, at minus 22°F. I wanted to jump around, ...

Penis Fossils Show How Extinct Bear Mated

Ancient bear penises offer the first hard evidence of how an extinct species of bear lived and mated, a new study says. Indarctos arctoides, which was about the size of today’s brown bear, roamed what is now France, Spain, ...

Penis Fossils Show How Extinct Bear Mated

Ancient bear penises offer the first hard evidence of how an extinct species of bear lived and mated, a new study says. Indarctos arctoides, which was about the size of today’s brown bear, roamed what is now France, Spain, ...

A Real-World Approach to Preserving Polar Bears in Alaska

By Susan McGrath for National Geographic Polar Bear Watch   In Barrow, on the northern coast of Alaska, the sun sets at five o’clock on October 31, and the temperature typically drops into the single digits. This doesn’t faze ...

Best and Worst Animal Fathers

We did it for Mother’s Day—now it’s time for equal treatment. In time for Father’s Day, what are the “best” and “worst” animal fathers? Best: Owl Monkeys Owl monkey fathers surely rank among the best. As ...