Meet the Bear Who Earned the Rank of Corporal in the Polish Army

He had a penchant for cigarettes, booze and arm wrestling

Knut, the star of the Berlin Zoo, died due to swelling in his brain.

Knut the Polar Bear’s Mysterious Death Finally Solved

The famed Berlin Zoo bear suffered from an autoimmune disease that until now has only been known to occur in humans

The white Kermode bear, a rare ursa sacred to local tribes, is now the center of a fierce battle to protect British Columbia’s rainforest.

This Rare, White Bear May Be the Key to Saving a Canadian Rainforest

The white Kermode bear of British Columbia is galvanizing First Nations people fighting to protect their homeland

A wildlife camera captured this image of an adult Louisiana black bear foraging in a forest clearing.

Louisiana's Bears Are Making a Comeback

The state thinks the bears are doing well enough to merit removal from protected status. Others disagree

Grizzlies in Yellowstone Are Already Waking Up

Warm weather has drawn at least one bear out of hibernation and in search of food

Pollutants Are Making Polar Bears' Penis Bones More Likely to Break

An industrial chemical contaminating the Arctic is further threatening a species already facing dire challenges

Black bears, like this one in Minnesota, which lick ants from leaves are providing an important benefit to the plant.

Bears Munching on Ants Indirectly Help Plants

A link uncovered by a graduate student shows that plants have bears to thank for trimming them of ants — and another pesky species

New Jersey Encourages Hunters to Add Bear to Menu

New Jersey is hoping more hunters will take advantage of bear season

Watch This Bear Cub Rock Climb!

You have time for one too-adorable-for-words video

Zoo Keepers Are Hand-Rearing A Tiny Sloth Bear Cub

After her mother consumed two other cubs, staff took the unprecedented step of raising her themselves

There's New Evidence That Communist Leaders Secretly Airlifted Bears to Bulgaria in the '70s and '80s

Some of these Bulgarian bears are not genetically like the others...

Yosemite’s Bears Are Raiding Way Fewer Picnic Baskets These Days

Just 13 percent of the bears' diet comes from human food


Sloth Cub Hank Says Hello at the National Zoo

At six months, the Zoo's first sloth cub in seven years made his public debut

Caught in the act by a motion-sensing infrared camera, Yachak, nicknamed by local researchers, feeds on a cow carcass--just one of the 250-plus livestock head the old male has killed in about three years.

What Should Be Done With Yachak, the Cattle-Killing Bear of the Andes

Conservationists and ranchers in Ecuador struggle to make peace while an elusive spectacled bear feasts on valuable livestock


Bears, Up Close and Personal, in the Alaskan Wilderness

A newly built retreat gives visitors a chance to see the Kodiaks in their element

Female Chilean rose tarantula (Grammostola rosea), also known as the Chilean flame tarantula.

Wild Things: Tarantulas, Jellyfish and More...

Hummingbirds, attacking bears, ancient hominids and other news updates in wildlife research

Adorable andean bear cubs

Bear Care: Bear Awareness Days at the National Zoo

The Bear Awareness Days event raises awareness about the animals in general and teaches about conservation issues that affect all bear species

Using motion-activated camera-traps, Smithsonian WILD captured unsuspecting animals, such as this snow leopard in China, from all over the world.

The Secret Lives of Animals Caught on Camera

Photographs shot by camera traps set around the world are capturing wildlife behavior never before seen by humans

Cave bears loomed large in the Cro-Magnon mind as shown in this Chauvet cave painting.

Fate of the Cave Bear

The lumbering beasts coexisted with the first humans for tens of thousands of years and then died off. Why?


Tai Shan Will Return to China

The panda who has the distinction of being the first surviving cub born at the National Zoo will be returning to China

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