IBA envisions a world where all 8 bear species can thrive and coexist with humans.
IBA advances scientific understanding and global conservation of the world’s 8 bear species.
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Bear conservation fund
Do you want to help support research that provides scientific information for protecting the world’s 8 bear species? Whether you want to donate $5.00 or $5,000 dollars, any amount helps! Learn more about how to protect bears through our donation program. All BCF funds go directly to research projects. We thank you for your support!
Bear Specialist Group
The Bear Specialist Group (BSG) is one of more than 140 Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities, and Task Forces established by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and The Species Survival Commission (SCC). In the early days, IBA was approached by the IUCN to help with the founding of a Bear Specialist Group (BSG). As the relationship evolved, BSG became a separate unit and now appoints its own members. However, IBA and BSG maintain a close working relationship, prepare a joint newsletter, and IBA provides many benefits to the BSG. These benefits include complimentary IBA membership, access to IBA grants, funds and support for the BSG website, a dedicated BSG session and meetings at IBA conferences, and funds to support BSG operations. Today, members of the BSG are appointed by the BSG co-chairs.
Education & Resources
The members of IBA have a rich and diverse background in all areas of bear ecology. Whether you are looking for information about basic bear biology/ecology, conservation, management, research, policy, or bear welfare, IBA is your resource providing access to bear experts around the world.
What is the impact of an IBA Grant?
- “I cannot in words convey how thankful I am to IBA and the donors for the grant. This grant in one way or other brought me closer to my dream of working for the bear conservation and helped me in assessing opportunities and challenges for human-sloth bear coexistence.”
– Nandita Patel, India
Grant Year(s): 2015-2016
Bear Species: Sloth Bear
Study Area(s): Three Sloth bear sanctuaries and a protected forest of Gujarat, India; namely Jassore Sloth Bear Sanctuary, Balaram-Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary, Polo Forest and Ratanmahal Wildlife Sanctuary.
- “The IBA Research and Conservation Grant provided vital startup funds for my PhD research that enabled me to meet with potential collaborators and laid the foundation toward the success of this project, which is examining the effect of climate change on polar bear behaviors and energy demands.”
– Anthony Pagano
Grant Year(s): 2013, 2014, & 2015
Bear Species: Polar bears and Brown bears
Study Area(s): southern Beaufort Sea, Alaska Zoo, Oregon Zoo, San Diego Zoo, and Washington State University
- “The IBA grant allowed us to influence the direction of planning by the Chinese government to survey Asiatic black bears. We were able to recruit and support international participation in both their economic and ecology teams and shape the direction of surveys to provide credible information needed by both the government and the international community. This collaboration would have been much more difficult without the IBA funds.”
– William McShea, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Bear Species: Asiatic Black Bear