Wanderers of the Arctic, polar bears are the largest terrestrial predators on Earth. Their Latin name is Ursus maritimus, which means "sea bear". This is a highly apt name for these wonderful animals, since they spend their entire life in, near or on water, swimming from ice floe to ice floe.
Although polar bears are accomplished swimmers, Arctic ice floes are their habitat instead of the sea. They hunt, mate and rear their cubs on dry land. The weight of an adult specimen can be between 350 and 680 kg, and their length can reach 2-3 meters.
Large predators - i.e. species at the pinnacle of the food chain - always play a very important role in the wildlife of a given region, the Arctic in the case at hand. Indeed, polar bears have become the symbol of their region.
They adapt to harsh conditions wonderfully, their habitat, however is under threat. Arctic ice is melting continuously due to global warming, so these wonderful animals might lose their habitat.
WWF is constantly working to save this endangered species, engaging in negotiations with governments, companies and entire industries in the interest of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It has taken up the fight against poaching and illegal polar bear trade, and is attempting to prevent and provide protection against such direct threats, including oil spills. Engaging the help of the world's leading scientists, WWF continues to investigate how the effects of global warming will influence polar bears' survival.