Layla by Jo Bradford
The Sloth Bear are an endangered species whose numbers are in severe decline. This species has been recognized as one of the most threatened with extinction by the IUCN- Bear Specialist Group. Sloth bears are listed as Appendix I in CITES.
Threats to Survival: Sloth bears face severe habitat loss and heavy poaching mainly for the medicinal market. Natural predators such as wild dogs, tigers and leopards also take a toll on juveniles.
Sloth Bears are believed to number less than 20,000 in the wild (there are believed to be 21,000 - to 28,000 Polar Bears left in the wild, and only 1,000 Pandas left in the wild)
More images of Sloth Bears can be found here!