The Asian Black Bear is one of the most sought-after bear by poachers today.
The Asian Black Bear is a medium to large-sized mammal native to deciduous tropical forests in Asia.
This bear, also called the Asiatic black bear, has a strong and sturdy build with a large head and thick-set legs. Their legs allow them to stand for long periods of time so as to appear larger when they feel threatened.
You can easily identify them with their distinctive black fur (though sometimes brown or blonde).
There’s a distinctive whitish v-shaped marking on their chests and a band of longer fur around their necks. This longer fur almost looks like a mane and may be there to also make them look larger to potential predators.
Though this bear species has an extremely keen sense of smell, they suffer from poor eyesight and hearing.
These bears have adapted mostly to arboreal living (living in trees), and are closely related to the American Black Bear. However, unlike other black bears that are increasing in number, this particular bear is decreasing sharply in number.