The moon bear, officially known as the Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus), is also known as the Himalayan black bear, Tibetan black bear, Collared bear and even Horse bear! The distinctive crescent of cream fur on their chest gives them the name "moon bear".
Unfortunately, moon bears are threatened in many different ways, including illegal poaching for their body parts for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and habitat loss and fragmentation.
Additionally, these bears are captured and placed in "farms" where they are subjected to life in tiny cages and the painful exraction of bear bile. Bear bile, used in TCM, is taken from a bear's gall bladder through a permanent, open, often infected hole in their abdomen. This awful practice continues despite studies proving cheaper herbal and synthetic remedies are effective and more readily available.