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Why are polar bears only found in the North Pole and not the South Pole?

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Polar bears are also called sea bear, ice bear or white bear of the North, and they are found throughout the Arctic. They are likely evolved about 200,000 years to possibly as long as 500,000 years ago from grizzly bears somewhere off eastern Russia or the Alaskan Panhandle.

Polar bears depend greatly on sea ice for their primary habitat to get their food which includes mainly ringed seals and bearded seals. It is said that polar bears never have had the possibility to reach the Antarctic as the world’s oceans never have been frozen from the north to the south. Polar bears are strong swimmers but not strong enough to swim to the Antarctic.

polar bear. (2008). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved November 3, 2008, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online Library Edition:

Frequently Asked Questions about Polar Bear. Retrieved on November 03, 2008, from website:

For more information, here are some recommended library books on polar bears:

Polar bears and the Arctic : a nonfiction companion to polar bears past bedtime by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce; illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2007
Series title: Magic tree house research guide
Call No.: J 599.786 OSB

Face to face with polar bears by Norbert Rosing with Elizabeth Carney
Other title: Polar bears
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2007
Series title: Face to face
Call No.: J 599.786 ROS

A pair of polar bears : twin cubs find a home at the San Diego Zoo by Joanne Ryder; photos by the world-famous San Diego Zoo
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2006
Summary: The true story of three-month-old polar bears who were orphaned in Alaska and then brought to a new home at the San Diego Zoo.
Call No.: J P 599.786 RYD

Polar bears by Ann O. Squire
Publisher: New York : Children’s Press, c2007
Series title: True book
Call No.: J 599.786 SQA

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For the availability of the above book titles, please check the library catalogue.

Originally answered by Ms Noriahni Binte Ismail
Children’s Librarian
Children’s Services

Posted by Ms Elizabeth Lee
Children’s Librarian
Children’s Services

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