What is the National Animal of Slovakia?

National Animal Slovakia

Brown Bear – Slovakia national animal

Brown Bear is the national animal of Slovakia. Its scientific name is Ursus arctos. It belongs to the family of Ursidae and order of Carnivora. They are found in Central Europe and Siberia, but it is not clear where exactly they live.

Brown Bears are omnivores and have a diet that consists of plants, insects, small animals and carrion. Their claws are very sharp which helps them to climb trees easily.

Brown Bear is considered as native animal of Slovakia. They are found in the forests, mountains and other wooded areas. The brown bear is a member of the family Ursidae, which includes all bears. The largest living species of bear is the polar bear, which can grow up to 2m tall and weigh up to 300kg.

Physical Description

Slovakia animal Brown bears are generally medium-sized and have a stocky build. They have large heads with a blunt muzzle, small ears and short tails. Brown bears are brown or black in color, with a distinctive cream-colored belly and white chest.

Fun facts about Brown Bear

  • Brown bear is the official and native animal of Slovakia country
  • The brown bear has a life span of 18-20 years.
  • The diet of Brown Bears consists primarily of fish, plants, birds, fruits, berries, roots and invertebrates like insects and spiders.
  • Male brown bears range from 350 to 750 lbs., while females weigh between 300 and 600 lbs.. Their length ranges from 7 to 8 feet (2½ to 2½ meters). A fully grown adult male weighs between 400 and 800 lbs., while females weigh between 300 and 500 lbs..
  • A typical speed for an adult male bear is about 9 mph (15 kph) over short distances; however, they can reach speeds up to 30 mph (50 kph) over long distances while running.

Why is Brown Bear the national animal of Slovakia?

  1. There are many reasons why brown bear is the national animal of Slovakia. One reason is that it represents our national pride and a symbol of our independence, freedom and strength. The other reasons are as follows:
  2.  It is the largest species of bear in Europe and it can be found in many parts of Slovakia.
  3.  The brown bear was determined to be the official national animal by the Slovak parliament on March 23rd, 1993.
  4.  Its color (brown with dark spots) means that it has been through many hardships during its life and continues to survive despite them.
  5.  The brown bear has a strong sense of territory and defends his home against intruders with great patience, perseverance and determination.

Due to all these facts, brown bear officially become the national animal of Slovakia.