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Wildlife SOS hosts first global meet on sloth bear

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

In a first of its kind meeting to conserve the unique and endangered species of bears in India, hosted the first international expert team meeting at the Conservation and in Bengaluru, Karnataka, an said on Friday.

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Expert Team meeting brought together conservationists, scientists and field researchers from across the world who are working on conservation and protection, the said.

(melursus ursinus) is one of the four unique species of Ursids which are found in the Indian subcontinent. The population in the wild is severely threatened due to habitat loss, poaching and retaliatory killing resulting in human conflict.

The two-day conference -- hosted by in partnership with the IUCN Expert Team -- was an initiative by IUCN and the Specialist Group established by (SSC) to achieve to preserve the population in its range.

The Bannerghatta run by in collaboration with the Forest Department has rescued and rehabilitated over a hundred bears rescued from poachers, human-conflicts and also from the "Dancing Bear" trade. has successfully released several rescued bears back in the wild.

Those attending the meet included Dr. from in California, USA, and former Principal Chief of Forests (of Forest Force) Forest Department, who interacted with the delegates.

The co-chairs of the IUCN Expert Team released a compendium of 20 years of Research Publications by



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 02:06 IST