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Himalayan Black Bear

Himalayan Black Bear:

An animal keeper died after being attacked by a Himalayan black bear in the animal’s enclosure at Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) recently.

  • Himalayan Black Bear is a subspecies of the Asian black bear.
  • Scientific Name: Ursus thibetanus laniger
  • They live a lot in the Himalayas, in Tibet, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and China.
  • In India, they are found throughout the Himalayas, from Jammu & Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, and in hilly regions of other northeastern states.
  • The species prefers heavily forested, broadleaved, and coniferous forests as habitat.
  • It uses orchards, agricultural fields, and human habitation to move between forest patches.
  • It has soft and shiny hair, with a white V patch on its chest.
  • On average, they range from 1.4 to 1.7 metres in length and weigh from 90 to 200 kg (the higher figure is only likely just prior to hibernation).
  • They are omnivorous creatures (like most bears). Their diet consists of acorns, nuts, fruit, honey, roots, and various insects such as termites and beetle larvae.
  • Conservation Status:
    • IUCN Red List: Vulnerable