Polar Bear Facts For Kids Ages 9-12
In the Clouducated Kids Nonfiction Book, Polar Bear Facts For Kids, you will learn many interesting polar bear facts.
- Polar bears live in the Arctic: The Arctic is the polar region located at the northernmost part of the Earth surrounding the North Pole. Most of the region is covered by the Arctic Ocean, which is covered with 6-8 feet of ice for most of the year. The temperature is extremely cold in the Arctic. In the winter, temperatures can drop down to -50 degrees Fahrenheit!
- Polar bears have hair: A polar bear has two layers of hair: an outer layer of long hairs called guard hairs and an inner layer of shorter, woolier hairs called underfur. The underfur is warm and cozy, trapping heat from the bear’s body. The skin under the fur is black and absorbs heat from sunlight. The guard hairs are waterproof and protect the bear from rain and snow.
- Polar bear hair is not white: A polar bear’s hair is actually see-through, not white. It reflects the sunlight and appears to be white or cream-colored. The white color helps the polar bear to be camouflaged and blend in with its surroundings. Polar bears must keep their fur clean because clean fur keeps them warmer than dirty fur. They are also better camouflaged when they are clean. Polar bears kept in captivity sometimes have green hair because of the algae that grows in the guard hairs due to the warmer weather. They shed their fur when it is warm.
- Blubber keeps polar bears warm: Polar bears have a thick layer of fat under the skin, called blubber, which helps to keep them warm. Although their fur keeps them warm and dry on land, the blubber keeps them warm in the icy ocean.
In Polar Bear Facts For Kids you will learn:
- Polar Bears Are Mammals
- Polar Bears Are Warm-Blooded
- Polar Bears Are Vertebrates
- Polar Bears Are Omnivores
- What Polar Bears Eat
- How Polar Bears Hunt For Seals
- What Polar Bears Look Like
- Where Polar Bears Live
- How Polar Bears Survive In The Arctic
- How Polar Bears Make Dens
- Where Polar Bears Give Birth
- How Polar Bears Protect Their Cubs