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AAF gives grant to support first Asiatic Black Bear survey in Sichuan Province
"Connie" off to work with Lyndsey Madden
Animals Asia is pleased to announce a grant of US $6000 for the first comprehensive wild Asiatic Black Bear (Moon Bear) survey which will take place in Sichuan Province. Conducted by several prominent international researchers, including Dr. Bill McShea (Smithsonian's National Zoological Park / Wildlife Conservation Society), Dave Garshelis (Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources), Zhu Xiaojian (Peking University), Wang Dajun (Peking University) and Gong Jien (CITES), the survey is an important milestone in Asiatic Black Bear conservation.
The existing survey data for Asiatic Black Bear populations is insufficient for establishing conservation priorities and strategies for this threatened species. In fact, there are currently no accurate population estimates and it is thought that poaching can be prevalent. Knowing more about the numbers and habits of bears in China is crucial and will enable conservationists to press for more effective protective measures for Asiatic Black Bears. The project will divide Sichuan Province into segments using a GIS map, track bears using presence/absence data and detection probability to obtain a population density estimate. Researchers will also be employing the services of a sniffer dog to detect bear scats, which will help determine diet and numbers through DNA analysis. The project also plans to increase local awareness of the ecological needs and management concerns of bear species within China by conducting interviews with local villagers and reserve staff.
Animals Asia's grant will sponsor a field team of 4 people for 6 months and this exciting project is also being supported by Earth Watch, the International Bear Association, the Smithsonian Institution and Peking University.