Sun bears liv­ing in China, video shows

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sun bear in south­east Yun­nan’s Lyuchun county, mark­ing the first time a sun bear was of­fi­cially recorded in China, Jiang said.

Even though there have been re­ports of sun bears since 1972, he said most of them are con­tro­ver­sial be­cause of a lack of de­tail and no pho­tos. Some schol­ars have even won­dered whether the sun bear was ex­tinct in China.

“The ma­jor threats to sun bears are habi­tat loss and com­mer­cial hunt­ing,” said Li Fei, the lead author of the study and a con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer at Kadoorie Con­ser­va­tion China, a depart­ment un­der the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Gar­den, who fo­cuses on con­ser­va­tion work.

“China has no pre­vi­ous re­search on the sun bear. The 10-sec­ond video is surely ex­cit­ing,” he said.

“It has crit­i­cal mean­ing in ver­i­fy­ing the ex­is­tence of the species in China. In the fu­ture, more ex­ten­sive stud­ies and nec­es­sary con­ser­va­tion mea­sures will be car­ried out in re­lated ar­eas. The video will guide our fur­ther stud­ies of the sun bear, which is cru­cial for its pro­tec­tion.”

Cur­rently, of­fi­cial data about the num­ber of wild sun bears in China is not avail­able. The coun­try has about 20 sun bears in a breed­ing cen­ter. World­wide, 164 sun bears live in zoos, ac­cord­ing to one re­port.

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