Agriculture
Vitamin D-licious Mushrooms
Cleaning Up Fish Farms
Fast-flying fungal spores
Amphibians
Frogs and Toads
Newts
Salamanders
Animals
Who's Knocking?
Spotting the World's Leggiest Animal
Roboroach and Company
Behavior
Giving Sharks Safe Homes
Brainy bees know two from three
The chemistry of sleeplessness
Birds
Parakeets
Albatrosses
Birds We Eat
Chemistry and Materials
Butterfly Wings and Waterproof Coats
Mother-of-Pearl on Ice
Salt secrets
Computers
Electronic Paper Turns a Page
Fingerprint Evidence
Small but WISE
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Supersight for a Dino King
Fingerprinting Fossils
Digging Dinos
E Learning Jamaica
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
Earth
A Dire Shortage of Water
Petrified Lightning
What is groundwater
Environment
Cactus Goo for Clean Water
Alien Invasions
Blooming Jellies
Finding the Past
Decoding a Beverage Jar
A Long Haul
Your inner Neandertal
Fish
Hagfish
Mahi-Mahi
Lungfish
Food and Nutrition
A Pepper Part that Burns Fat
Moving Good Fats from Fish to Mice
In Search of the Perfect French Fry
GSAT English Rules
Who vs. Whom
Capitalization Rules
Adjectives and Adverbs
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
March 21-22, 2013: Over 43,000 students will take the GSAT Exam
GSAT stars reap scholarship glory
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
GSAT Scholarship
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
GSAT Practice Papers | GSAT Mathematics | Maths
GSAT Mathematics
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
How a Venus Flytrap Snaps Shut
It's a Math World for Animals
Human Body
Music in the Brain
A New Touch
Spitting Up Blobs to Get Around
Invertebrates
Dragonflies
Mollusks
Millipedes
Mammals
Deers
African Ostrich
Rabbits
Parents
What Not to Say to Emerging Readers
Expert report highlights the importance to parents of reading to children!
How children learn
Physics
Dreams of Floating in Space
Thinner Air, Less Splatter
Hold on to your stars, ladies and gentlemen
Plants
Cactus Goo for Clean Water
Making the most of a meal
Farms sprout in cities
Reptiles
Iguanas
Pythons
Reptiles
Space and Astronomy
Galaxies Divide Sharply Along Color Lines
Intruder Alert: Sweeping Space for Dust
Roving the Red Planet
Technology and Engineering
Searching for Alien Life
Drawing Energy out of Wastewater
Young Scientists Take Flight
The Parts of Speech
What is a Verb?
What is a Noun
Countable and Uncountable Nouns
Transportation
Morphing a Wing to Save Fuel
Ready, unplug, drive
How to Fly Like a Bat
Weather
Either Martians or Mars has gas
Where rivers run uphill
Watering the Air
Add your Article

Asiatic Bears

The Asiatic Black bear (Ursus thibetanus or Selenarctos thibetanus), also known as the Tibetan black bear, the Himalayan black bear, or the moon bear, is a medium sized, sharp-clawed, black-coloured bear with a distinctive white or cream "V" marking on its chest. It is a close relative of the American black bear with which it is thought to share a European common ancestor. Weights and Measures: It grows to approximately 130 to 190 cm (4 to 6 ft) in length. Males weigh between 110 and 150 kg (240 to 330 lb) and females weigh between 65 to 90 kg (140 to 200 lb). The bear's life span is around 25 years. Habitat and Home: The Asiatic Black bear has a wide distribution range spanning from the east to west of the Asian continent. This bear can be found in the forests of hilly and mountainous areas in East Asia and South Asia, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Burma, southern Siberia in Russia, northeastern China, Taiwan and Japan. It can be found in areas with elevations as high as 4,700 m (9,900 feet), but in lower lands as well. In some parts of its range, the Asiatic Black bear shares its habitat with the larger and stronger Brown bear (Ursus arctos). Social Climber: However, the smaller Black bear has an advantage over its competitor: its climbing skills which help it reach for fruit and nuts in the trees. Asiatic Black bears share Giant Panda habitat in China's Wolong Reserve, where they feed occasionally, among other things, on bamboo, which is their more specialized relatives' favorite food. The Asiatic Black bear type that is found in Taiwan is the Formosan Black bear subspecies. Not So Picky: The Asiatic Black bear is an omnivore which consumes a great variety of foods including fruit, berries, grasses, seeds, nuts, invertebrates, honey and meat (fish, birds, rodents and other small mammals as well as carcasses). The Asiatic Black bear is thought to be somewhat more carnivorous than its American cousin. Nevertheless, meat only makes up a small part of its diet. Stand Back! The bear has been known to be quite aggressive towards human beings (more so than the American Black bear); there have been numerous records of bear attacks and killings. This is probably mainly due to the fact that the Asiatic Black bear is more likely to come into contact with people, and will often attack if startled. Medicinal Bear: Asiatic Black bears are threatened by hunting, especially for their gall bladders to obtain bile, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine. Since China outlawed the poaching of native bears in the 1980s, bear bile has been supplied to Chinese consumers by special farms, where the bears are kept constantly caged and restrained while catheters inserted in their gall bladders allow bile to drip into a container and be collected. Supporters of this practice contend that, without these farms, the demand for bear bile would create a tremendous incentive for poaching and put the already endangered species at even greater risk. Critics, however, assert that the practice is patently cruel and inhumane, and that synthetic bear bile, ursodeoxycholic acid, is just as medicinally effective as real bear bile, and in fact much cheaper.

Asiatic Bears
Asiatic Bears








Designed and Powered by HBJamaica.com™