The seventh book in the Remembering Wildlife series, sees founder Margot Raggett dedicate this new edition to Bears.
With your support, Remembering Bears will be a beautiful coffee table book, full of images donated by many of the world’s top wildlife photographers and will be published on Monday 10th October 2022.
The Remembering Wildlife series was created by British wildlife photographer Margot Raggett after she was moved to take action upon seeing a poached elephant in Kenya. Margot’s mission is once again, through images donated by many of the world’s top wildlife photographers, to raise awareness of the threats facing a species and then through sales of the books, raise funds to protect them. Her first six books, Remembering Elephants, Remembering Rhinos, Remembering Great Apes, Remembering Lions , Remembering Cheetahs and Remembering African Wild Dogs were all funded through Kickstarter campaigns.
Previous editions have achieved worldwide acclaim and have been supported by both the public and celebrities around the world; including Michelle Pfeiffer, Ricky Gervais, Roger Taylor and more.
Support the Remembering Bears Kickstarter campaign here
Bears are found in North America, South America, Asia and Europe and are a keystone species. Each population of bears is of great significance to the eco-system in which it lives. If steps are taken to protect a bear’s habitat then the whole related environment and the animals & plants within it will also benefit.
There are eight species of bear alive in the world today;
American black bear (Ursus americanus)
The world’s most common bear species is found in 32 states of the United States, all the provinces and territories of Canada with the exception of Prince Edward Island, and in northern Mexico. There are 16 recognised subspecies.
Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus)
Found in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, the Lao PD, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. There are seven recognised subspecies.
Brown bear (Ursus arctos)
The most widely distributed of all bears and is widespread in the forests and mountains of North America, Europe and Asia with a relatively large global population that is currently stable. There are 16 recognised of sub-species.
Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanolueca)
Confined to the rainforests of the mountainous regions of the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. The Qinling subspecies is found only in the Qinling Mountains, at altitudes of 1,300 to 3,300 metres
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)
Polar bears are found throughout the Arctic and are the only bear species classified as a marine mammal. There are polar bear populations in the territories of Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Russia and the USA (Alaska). There are no subspecies.
Sloth bear (Melursus ursinus)
Found in Sri Lanka, India, Bhutan and Nepal, predominantly in lowland areas. There may still be bears in the wet forests of Bangladesh but this is by no means certain. There are two recognised subspecies.
Andean (spectacled) bear (Tremarctos ornatus)
Found in the Andean cloud forests at heights of up to 4,300 metres (14,000 feet) in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. They will descend in search of food and have been observed in steppe lands and coastal deserts. There are no subspecies.
Sun bear (Helarctos malayanus)
The smallest and rarest of the bear species and confined to the lowland forests of southeast Asia. They have a golden crescent on the chest from which they take their name. They do not hibernate. There are two recognised subspecies.
Threats to Bears
Climate change: The threat to polar bears of the shrinking winter ice-cap is pretty obvious. But climate change also directly affects the other seven bear species.
Poaching: Bears are illegally killed as trophies, for their pelts or body parts, because they are seen as a threat or nuisance. Cubs are poached for use in bear bile farming, to be used as dancing bears or as pets.
Habitat loss and human-bear conflict: Destruction and fragmentation of bear habitat seriously increases the risks of confrontation between bears and humans. Usually there is only one winner; and it isn’t the bears.
Road & rail: Roads and railways are a source of both direct and indirect mortality for bears. Bears are killed in collisions but many more die because of the adverse, indirect effects of roads and railways.
Captive bears: Thousands of bears are kept in appalling, outdated zoos which are cruel prisons. They are also exploited in roadside shows, circuses, bile farms and bear-baiting dogfights.
Trophy Hunting: Money talks and many bear hunts are unsustainable, and unregulated. Whilst many organisations fail to address ethics and morals, maintaining that trophy hunting can aid conservation, we are of the opinion that there is too great an issue with killing defenceless animals, too much corruption and too little ethical practice.
How to help bears
- Don’t buy products that come from bears
- Campaign to end bear-baiting, dancing bears, bear farming and hunting of endangered populations
- Take steps to reduce your impact on the planet; we need to reverse climate change to protect bears and that begins with our personal choices
- Don’t visit zoo’s. Whilst some zoo’s may benefit conservation somewhat, the lack of accurate education and ultimately the promotion of further captivity isn’t something we support
- Find out all you can about bears – choose all 8 species or focus on one – read books, watch documentaries and contact organisations who are working for bears
- Spread the word to friends, colleagues and family about bears and the threats they face. Use social media to maximise the impact
- Go responsible bear watching with Better Safaris
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