The asian black bear ursus thibetanus previously known as selenarctos thibetanus also known as the moon bear and the white chested bear is a medium sized bear species native to asia and largely adapted to arboreal life it lives in the himalayas . Moon bears malayan sun bears brown bears american black bears sloth bears spectacled bears and polar bears have all been used in the medicine trade all except the panda have seen their numbers impacted because of this. Moon bear is a childrens novel written to increase awareness of a few issues going on in todays world the main issue in this novel is bile farms and how the bears are kept in poor unnatural conditions some involving having the bears locked in cages to small with no solid ground to stand on. Moon bear is a 2011 bank street best childrens book of the year moon bears or asiatic black bears are named for the white moon shaped blaze on their chests moon bears are seldom seen but their footprints claw marks hair and bear nests high in the trees give us clues about how they live
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