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Bears: The Family Ursidae

Giant PandaThere are 8 species of bears and numerous subspecies that have been recognized.

Bears vary in size from the 66 pound sun bear to the 1,500 pound brown bear.

Perhaps the most widely publicized symbol of endangered species, the giant panda was limited to only ~1,600 individuals inhabiting the wild bamboo forests in central China and a captive population of about 180 individuals in 2006.

Population of Threatened Bears as of 2007

Polar Bear – 22,000 to 27,000
Spectacled Bear – 18,250
Sloth bear – 10,000 to 20,000+
Asiatic Black Bear – 15,000 to 20,000
Giant Panda – 1,600
Sun Bear – Unknown (it is suspected that the global population of Sun Bears has declined by > 30% over the past 30 years)

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Scott Artis
Scott serves as Director of Development & Communications for Audubon Canyon Ranch (focusing on preservation, education and conservation science) and has almost fifteen years of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in biotech, wildlife conservation and management, communications, and philanthropy. In addition to a strong track record in organizational growth and leadership, he is the founder of Urban Bird Foundation and Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, and presided over ECHO Fund, a coastal protection and restoration organization, as President for four years. Scott holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy, degrees in Micro & Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, and has complemented his studies with a Master's certificate in Environmental Resource Management.


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