Phnom Tamao, Cambodia - Kingdom of
ASIATIC BLACK BEARS ENJOY COCONUTS IN NEW HOME IN CAMBODIA.
Asiatic black bears Brandy (L) and John enjoy coconuts September 20, 2000 inside a new 2.5-hectare enclosure that opened this week at Cambodia's Phnom Tamao Zoological Gardens and Wildlife Rescue Centre, about 40 km (25 miles) outside the capital Phnom Penh. The enclosure, funded by Perth, West Australia-based Free the Bears Fund Inc. and designed by the fund's Director of Operations-Asia Matt Jeffery, houses four Asiatic black bears that were rescued from the restaurant, medicine and pet trades in Cambodia. Asiatic black bears are considered threatened with extinction by the World Conservation Union and are classified under Appendix I (includes all species threatened with extinction that are or may be affected by trade) by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.