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Hall of Mammals

Photographs of the new Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals

Polar Bear

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)

Polar bears can stay warm during the frigid winters of the Far North because they are well insulated with a combination of blubber and thick fur. Even in temperatures that dip to -45 degrees C (-49 F), they can wait for hours for a seal to surface at a breathing hole.

©Smithsonian Institution, 2003

Hunter in decoy mask

Orientation wall

Morgie Leopard with Impala

South American Anteaters


Mother and baby White-tailed Deer

Polar Bear

Overview of exhibit