What is the name of the family of bears?

      Have you ever seen a bear? You may have met one in a zoo, perhaps. Bears belong to the family Ursidae. Their population is distributed largely in the northern temperate regions and they are widely found in North America, Europe and Asia.       Do you know that there are no bears in the forests of Africa and Australia?

      There are mainly eight types of bears. They are the American black bear, brown bear, Asiatic black bear, polar bear, sun bear, sloth bear, spectacled bear, and giant panda. They are powerful animals, and most are very dangerous. Never get too close to a bear; some of these species, such as polar bears and grizzlies, are notorious attackers of people.

      Do you know that the koala bear of Australia is not really a bear? It belongs to the marsupial family, which include kangaroos and opossums.

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