Asiatic Black bears have a light-coloured 'crescent moon' V-shape on their chest, which is why they are commonly called Moon bears. Similar in size to Sloth bears, but with shorter fur and muzzles, they are found all over Asia, from China all the way down to Vietnam, from Russia all the way to Japan.
Moon bears are hunted for their skin, paws and the gall bladder. The bears are captured and milked for bile that is then used in traditional medicine. Recent deforestation across the Asian continent is another major threat to the survival of the species. Logging, development, and the ever- encroaching human population continues to cause the clearing of bear habitat, which why they desperately need our help.