The Bear Specialist Group (BSG) is one of 140 Specialist Groups within the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) oversees the conservation of the 7 species of terrestrial bears (all but the polar bear, which being a marine mammal is handled by a separate Specialist Group).

Co-Chair for American Black Bear Leadership

Co-Chair for American Black Bear Leadership

Russ Van Horn, Andean Bear Expert Team Co-Chair

Ximena Velez-Liendo, Andean Bear Expert Team Co-Chair

Matt Hunt, Asiatic Black Bear Expert Team Co-Chair

Dave Garshelis, BSG Co-Chair & Asiatic Black Bear Expert Team Co-Chair

Bruce McLellan, BSG Red List Authority Focal Point & Asian Brown Bear Expert Team Co-Chair

Michael Proctor, BSG Deputy Chair & Asian Brown Bear Expert Team Co-Chair

Stephan Michel, Asian Brown Bear Expert Team Co-Chair

Ron Swaisgood, Giant Panda Expert Team Co-Chair

Dajun Wang, Giant Panda Expert Team Co-Chair

Harendra Bargali, Sloth Bear Expert Team Co-Chair

Nishith Dharaili, Sloth Bear Expert Team Co-Chair

Gabriella Fredrikson, Sun Bear Expert Team Chair

Robert Steinmetz, BSG Co-Chair & Sun Bear Expert Team Co-Chair

Polar Bear leadership

Polar Bear leadership

Djuro Huber, European Brown Bear Expert Team Co-Chair

Jon Swenson, European Brown Bear Expert Team Co-Chair

Trusted Partners

International Union for Conservation of Nature

International Association for Bear Research & Management