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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 sloth bear conservationists, scientists and field researchers from across the world who are working on sloth bear conservation and protection, the said.

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

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

The Bannerghatta Bear run by Wildlife SOS in collaboration with the Forest Department has rescued and rehabilitated over a hundred sloth bears rescued from poachers, human-bear conflicts and also from the "Dancing Bear" trade. Wildlife SOS 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 released a compendium of 20 years of Bear Research Publications by Wildlife SOS.

--IANS

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