The Polar Bear, Ursus maritimus, is a bear native to the Arctic circle. It is the largest terrestrial carnivore. It has adapted to live in a colder climb and in the freezing waters. It is available in both Zoo Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon 2, and Zoo Tycoon (Xbox).

The polar bear is the only marine bear, with a longer, more streamlined body than other bears for aquatic life. It has the plantigrade feet, with five sharp, curved claws on each foot for grasping the ice and holding its prey. Long hair between the pads protects the bear's feet from the cold and provides traction on the ice. Stiff hairs on the forelegs, and very broad front feet, help the bear swim. All polar bears are white, although their fur may yellow in the summer. The largest wild bears ever weighed have been polar bears. Polar bears have little interest in other Arctic species, and they often ignore people entirely.

In Zoo Tycoon

In Zoo Tycoon, the polar bear is an adoptable animal with the cost of $1,500 and lives in the tundra biome combined with a high quantity of saltwater. It is quite difficult for the player to make this bear reproduce if it has no privacy. A special Polar Bear is introduced in this game, named Magnet, the Polar Bear.

In Zoo Tycoon 2


The polar bear lives in the tundra biome. It is a swimmer that likes a lot of water in its exhibit.


The polar bear is a carnivore that feeds on meat and fish.


The polar bear will play with the beef shank, the rubber ball, and the ice block with food.


Polar bears use the wooden shelter and the rock shelter.


Polar bears are territorial and do not like more than one male in an exhibit. Females give birth to two cubs at a time.

In Zoo Tycoon 2, the Polar Bear is an adoptable animal once the player's zoo hits three stars. The cost to adopt this animal is $10,000.

Zoo Tycoon (Xbox)

In Zoo Tycoon (Xbox), the Polar Bear is an adoptable animal for the Tundra Biome.

In the Zoopedia

Polar bears have black skin. For camouflage when hunting on ice, many polar bears hide their black noses with their paws. Female polar bears give birth while in a state similar to hibernation.


  • The polar bear is one of the three updated animals in Marine Mania of Zoo Tycoon 2, along with the Hippopotamus and the Emperor Penguin, all of which can now swim underwater.
  • In the Xbox, it is currently the only animal that is comfortable in the Tundra Biome.

Trivia not relevant for the game

  • Despite the Polar Bear's status as a low risk animal in the Zoo Tycoon series, it's real-world counterpart is of vulnerable status.


In Real Life

Zoo Tycoon animals