Asiatic Black Bear
Asiatic black bear, Himalayan black bear
IUCN - vulnerable (A2cd+3d+4d); CITES Appendix I
The Asiatic Black Bear has a coat of smooth black fur and can be distinguished by a V of white fur on its chest. It is similar in appearance to the brown bear, but with a slighter build.
Ecology & Habitat
Broad leaved and coniferous forests to an elevation of 4,300m.
Population & Distribution
The Asiatic black bear occupies a narrow band from southeastern Iran through Afghanistan and Pakistan, across the foothills of the Himalayas, to Myanmar. It occupies all countries in mainland Southeast Asia except Malaysia and has a patchy distribution in southern China. Another population cluster exists in northeastern China, the southern Russian Far East, and into North Korea. A small remnant population exists in South Korea. They also live on the southern islands of Japan (Honshu and Shikoku) and on Taiwan (China) and Hainan. There are no accurate estimates of population size available.
Illegal hunting for body parts, specifically the gall bladder, paws and skin poses the main threat, together with habitat loss caused by logging, expansion of human settlements and roads.
What is WWF doing?
It also runs specific projects which target conservation of specific populations of Asiatic black bear; and innovative partnerships with organisations which seek to protect endangered animals:
How you can help
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