Endangered Species: Polar Bear

A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by John at Christiansburg Elementary School
Christiansburg, VA, U.S.A.

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Polar Bear

Photographer Unknown

Why Study This Topic? What Was Already Known Search for Information Description of Plant or Animal Habitat Requirements
Adaptations Reasons for Endangerment Restoration Actions What Was Learned Conclusions from Research

Why Study This Topic?

  I picked the Polar Bear to research. I think Polar Bears are cool, because they are aquatic, and live on land. I would also like to learn what kids like me can do to save the Polar Bear from extinction.
 

What Was Already Known

  I knew the Polar Bear are on the endangered species list. I knew Polar Bears half to live in a cold climate. I knew Polar Bears don't just live in the Arctic they live in North America also. I knew they are aquatic and also live on land. I got encouragement from my teacher and parents.

Search for Information

  I first searched on the Internet, there was some good information, but some sites didn't have anything. I mostly found the same info on every site. On the Sea World, site I found a lot of info I didn't have. Next, I looked in books from our town library. Half of the library books didn't have any info but they were worth looking through.

 My next source was from an online friend I have -- he told me a lot about the Polar Bear. But right as I was going to ask my mating call question, my computer froze. When I got my computer back up, he had left.
 

Description of Plant or Animal

  The Polar Bear has white or cream colored fur, a black nose, small ears, black beady eyes, and black lips. I think the Polar Bear looks like it's cousin: the Black Bear. Except the Black Bear has a different color fur. The Polar Bear can weigh between 925 and 1,100 lbs. They are about four feet or 120 cm tall.
 
 

Habitat Requirements

  Polar Bears need an average of 4.4 pounds of fat to survive just one day. A ringed seal that weighs 121 pounds could provide a Polar Bear for eight days. Although a Polar Bear fishes in salt water, he can't drink it, he\she can only drink freash water. The Polar Bear digs holes in banks to live in. Their body heat helps keep them warm. The Polar Bear doesn't have a certain amount of land to live on except its home. The Polar Bear eats fish, berries, birds, bird eggs, small mammals, dead animals, (including whales), shellfish, crabs, starfish, mushrooms, grasses, and algae.

Adaptations

  I think the only ememies the Polar Bear has are animals that try to hert there young they don't like humans very much. The Polar Bear camouflages itself with its white fur so that it is easier to sneek up on its prey. The Polar Bear has long white fur, little ears, and its feet are a little rounder than the Grizzly Bear.

Reasons for Endangerment

  One of the most common reasons the Polar Bear is endangered is because people are destroying the Polar Bear's habitat. People are aware of what happens to the animals that live in that habitat, but do not care if that animal becomes extinct. I think there should be a law that if there are less than 1,000 animals of the same spieces in one area, there could be no construction.

 I don't know how many Polar Bears are alive today but there must be too few, to put them on the endangered spieces list. I hope they don't become extinct.
 

Restoration Actions

  There is a law that says that Polar Bears can't be killed in the United States. I'm not sure about other countries. I think Polar Bear's could only be eaten if they died naturally and only if you used everything -- even the bones.

What Was Learned

  I learned all the foods the Polar Bear eats. I learned that the Polar Bear needs to have 4.4 pounds of fat to live just one day.I learned alot of other things it would tack along time to name them all.

Conclusions From Research

  I think the benefits of doing this project arethat I ended up with more knowledge of the Polar Bear, better research skills, and learning about the human responsibility to keep this animal alive. I loved doing this project.

Bibliography

The New Book of Knowledge (1981) Grolier Incorporated, page
http://www.teelfamily.com/activities/polarbear


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