The Formosan Black Bear

  • 08 June, 2019
  • English Service

They’re Taiwan’s unofficial mascots, and they’re everywhere. The Tourism Bureau has one. The city of Taipei has one. They’re an animal that represents the soul of Taiwan. Yet twenty-odd years ago, when Professor Hwang Mei-Hsiu started researching them, few people in Taiwan had heard of them. And even today, with their newfound popularity, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one outside a zoo. This is the Formosan Black Bear, Taiwan’s only bear species. Professor Hwang has dedicated years to their study and conservation, earning her the nickname “bear mama”. She joins us today to introduce these bears and tell us the story of how she became their ambassador.