Asiatic Black Bear

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Order: CarnivoraDSC_0049
Family: Ursidae
Genus/Species: Ursus thibetanus

Physical Description: Asiatic bears are a medium sized bear with a distinctive white V marking on the chest. Adult males weigh between 60-200kg (130-220lbs), the average being around 135kg (298lbs). Females are typically slightly smaller at 40-125kg (88-276lbs).

Range & Habitat: Long, hooked claws and impressive climbing skills make this bear specially suited to an arboreal lifestyle. They can spend up to half their lives in trees found throughout their range in the Himalayas, northern parts of India, Korea, northeastern China, far east Russia, some islands of Japan, and Taiwan.

bear croppedDiet: Omnivorous: Their natural diet consists of insects, eggs, fruits, nuts, and grasses. Here at the zoo, our bear eats “dry chow”, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, nuts, and eggs.

Longevity: In the wild, approximately 25 years; in zoos, sometimes up to 30 years.

Conservation Status: Asiatic Black Bears are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN. Primary threats to their survival are deforestation and poaching for their gall bladders and other body parts.