Brown bear mother and her cubs walking in a valley

Black, brown and polar bears

Black, brown and polar bears are probably the most familiar of the five living genera in the bear family. There are four remaining species within this genus and several subspecies of black and brown bears in different parts of the globe.

Scientific name: Ursus

Rank: Genus

Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Black, brown and polar bears taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Carnivora
  6. Bears
  7. Black, brown and polar bears

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