Zoological Research ›› 2017, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (4): 206-207.doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2017.044

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Rediscovery of the sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) in Yingjiang County,Yunnan Province,China

Fei Li1, Xi Zheng1, Xue-Long Jiang2, Bosco Pui Lok Chan1   

  1. 1 Kadoorie Conservation China, Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, Hong Kong 999077, China.;
    2 State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan 650223, China
  • Received:2017-05-05 Revised:2017-07-03 Online:2017-07-18 Published:2017-08-18
  • Contact: Bosco Pui Lok Chan, boscokf@kfbg.org E-mail:boscokf@kfbg.org

Abstract: The sun bear, Helarctos malayanus (Raffles, 1821), is a forest-dependent bear species distributed in tropical Southeast Asia. The species was previously reported from scattered localities in southwestern China, which is at the northeastern edge of its global range. Due to the scarcity of reliable recent records, some authorities cast doubt on the continued existence of sun bear in China. Here we present the rediscovery of this species in Yingjiang County, western Yunnan Province, China, near the international border with Myanmar’s Kachin State.