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Asiatic Black Bear

Asiatic black bear (<i>Ursus thibetanus</i>), India. rel=
This Asiatic black bear was photographed in India. So far, there are no photographic records from the Cambodian wild.
© WWF / Martin HARVEY

Key Facts

  • Common Name

    Asiatic Black Bear

  • Scientific Name

    Ursus thibetanus

  • Status

    In Cambodia: Endangered; IUCN: Vulnerable; CITES: Appendix I

    IUCN Red List Entry

  • Body Length

    120 -190cm

  • Weight

    50 - 210kg

  • Did you know?

    Much rarer in Cambodia than its sun bear cousin

Asiatic black bears are rarely encountered in the wilds of Cambodia’s forests. Using camera traps as well as sign surveys, local conservationists have not been able to confirm the presence of this species. However, there are anecdotal reports from hunters and rangers of sightings in remote corners of Mondulkiri province. At any rate, there is no doubt that black bears are under serious threat due to over-hunting for use of body-parts in traditional medicine and food. Generally, bears are also likely to suffer from habitat loss and fragmentation due to logging, expansion of human settlements, and construction of roads.