We asked our audience to vote on their favorite bears from all walks of life — nature, literature and even popular culture. The bears who received the most votes are now the first members in MNN's inaugural Bear Hall of Fame. For each vote cast, MNN will make a donation to National Wildlife Federation to support the “Be Out There” movement to get kids outside. Thanks to everyone who participated!


MNN homepage photos: Bear Grylls: lwpkommunikacio/Flickr; Smokey: smokeybear.com; Bai Yun: wikipedia



Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

The Bear Hall of Fame
These are not your average bears. From Yogi and Fozzie to Bart and Bai Yun, people can't get enough — whether they are real, fictional, or simply inspirationa