years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
As a wildlife ecologist working in developing countries, I am often frustrated by our lack of knowledge. Such is the case with black bears in China.
There is so much controversy over their status and use, but we have no valid measures of their abundance in the wild. We decided to try and get a measure not of their numbers but of their distribution.
We will use this measure of distribution as a surrogate for density and hope to convince the government to track this distribution over time. On our team is Liu Fang, a graduate student from Peking University. She did the field work for this project and this slide show is the first part of her thesis. It was presented at the last Society of Conservation Biology Annual meeting in July 2008. Her second section examines villager attitudes and actions against bears. Stay tuned.
William J McShea,
Conservation and Research Center, Smithsonian Inst.
Please click the image above to see the presentation.