As there are few natural predators to the Asian black bear’s the question remains, what is causing this population decline? The answer, as is true too often, is humans. They are severely affected by the loss of their natural habitats to deforestation for agriculture land, or the further development of human settlements. They are also at constant risk of hunters and poachers who use various parts of their bodies for traditional medicine or to be kept as pets.
Earlier this week, our Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) rescued an Endangered Asian black bear. The bear was being held in horrific conditions as a pet on a businessman’s private property in Battambang province. Luckily, the man decided he no longer wanted this bear, which gave Wildlife Alliance the opportunity to move in and rescue the Endangered animal. The bear was transported to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where she will receive proper care.