Rus­sian Academy of­fers help in con­ser­va­tion of Maza­alai bear

The UB Post - - Domestic -

The Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and Tourism has re­port­edly re­ceived a pro­posal from the Rus­sian Academy of Sciences to help in the con­ser­va­tion ef­fort of the Maza­alai Gobi bear.

The Gobi Bear (Ur­sus arc­tos go­b­i­en­sis) is listed as crit­i­cally en­dan­gered by Mon­go­lian Red­book of En­dan­gered Species, the Zoo­log­i­cal So­ci­ety of Lon­don, and the IUCN Bear Spe­cial­ist Group. There are be­lieved to be less than 50 adult Gobi bears, mean­ing that the an­i­mal is alarm­ingly close to ex­tinc­tion. Al­though cur­rent pop­u­la­tion is sta­ble and in­cre­men­tally in­creas­ing, con­ser­va­tion at­tempts need to be ramped up, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts.

Maza­alai bears are be­lieved to be crit­i­cally en­dan­gered due to a num­ber of fac­tors in­clud­ing cli­mate change, min­ing prac­tices, and some­times il­le­gal hunt­ing. As a re­sult, the Rus­sian Academy of Sciences has pro­posed im­ple­ment­ing a project with the min­istry to help in the con­ser­va­tion ef­forts. If ap­proved, the project will run three to five years.

China has been fund­ing a project to help in the con­ser­va­tion ef­forts of the Maza­alai with an 11.63 mil­lion RMB project.

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