polar bears

WASHINGTON (August 26, 2016)—Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev today announced the expansion of the Russian Arctic National Park by 7.4 million hectares (74,000 square kilometers or 28,571 square miles) to include the Franz Josef Land archipelago. This expansion not only creates the largest protected area in Russia, a total of 8.8 million hectares (88,000 square...

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 Sochi’s official mascots. Leopards, hares, and polar bears are found in Russia, and each...

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, have begun to glimpse their mother Giovanna and the rest of the world. (Read more about polar...

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, stomp my feet, and swing my arms to entice the feeling back into my frozen...

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, and Turkey about 10 to 4.5 million years ago. Like most bears and many mammals, the...

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, and Turkey about 10 to 4.5 million years ago. Like most bears and many mammals, the...

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 the town’s schoolchildren. They dress up and go trick-or-treating door to door just as American kids...

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 seen in the video below, for many months after birth, the father cares for the young ones, with mom elsewhere....