Bear facts

Print edition : October 03, 2014

The sloth bear. India is home to four bear species. Photo: N.A. Naseer

Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, is used to a bear at his desk. Photo: By Special Arrangement

A sloth bear at a pool. Human-bear conflicts are on the rise in several States, following the shrinking of bear habitats. Photo: N.A. Naseer

To mark their territories, sloth bears scrape trees with their forepaws and rub against them with their flanks. Photo: N.A. Naseer

At Wildlife SOS' Agra Bear Rescue Facility, bears are given unrestrained freedom. Photo: By Special Arrangement

In the Anamalai Tiger Reserve. The sloth bear is a speedy climber of trees, and this stands it in good sread in its search for honeycombs and fruits. Photo: N.A. Naseer

At Masinagudi. Bears are mostly nocturnal animals and move around in their habitats for up to 100 square kilometres in search of fruits and insects. Photo: N.A. Naseer

Female bears deliver their young in cave-like structures in rocks and watch them round the clock. Photo: N.A. Naseer

A bear rescued from Baud, Madhya Pradesh. Photo: By Special Arrangement

A view of Masinagudi in Tamil Nadu, a natural habitat of the sloth bear. Photo: N.A. Naseer

Geeta Seshamani, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, with a rescued cub. Photo: By Special Arrangement

In the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu. A curious gaze at the intruder. Photo: N.A. Naseer

Taking a siesta. Photo: N.A. Naseer

Venturing into the water, in the Nelliyampathi Reserve Forest. Photo: N.A. Naseer

A bear in captivity, a file photograph. Although a large number of dancing bears have been rescued, many are said to exist in villages along the India-Nepal border. Photo: By Special Arrangement

At Sambalpur in Odisha, a street play to create awareness on the importance of the conservation of sloth bears. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Children participating in a programme organised by the Zoo Outreach Organisation in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on conservation and welfare of bears. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Poaching, illegal trade in bears for their body parts, and human-bear conflicts pose a great threat to the sloth bear species, which is endemic to the Indian subcontinent.
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