In India, sloth bears face huge challenges. Habitat loss and poaching are two of their biggest threats.
"Poaching poses a real threat to wild sloth bears in India, particularly as human populations are encroaching more and more into their natural forest habitat," Lis Key, PR and communications manager for IAR, told The Dodo. "As a result, bears and other wildlife are left exposed and vulnerable - and struggle to find food in their dwindling territory. Wild animals then stray into villages and onto farmland in search of food, trampling or eating people's crops."