Japanese Black Bear

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Japanese Black Bear

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Character Data
Japanese Name: ニホンツキノワグマ
Romanised Name: Nihon Tsukinowaguma
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Ursus thibetanus japonicus
Distribution: Japan
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 15 - 25 years
Read More: Japanese Black Bear
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 VU.svg.png
Japanese Black Bear Anime Festival Pavilion Nexon Game

Japanese Black Bear is a Friend that appears in the Kemono Friends Anime and the 2015 Nexon Game.


Japanese Black Bear has dark black hair with a light brown spot in the center of her bangs, she has small rounded ears and dark brown eyes. She wears a simple black sweater, that has a silver collar, over her black business shirt wearing a black tie. Her leggings and skirt are both black and she wears black boots. The weapon she carries is a black bear paw.

In Real Life

A Japanese Black Bear standing up on a rock!

The Japanese Black Bear is a bear that is black in color and has a pale yellow crescent marking on its chest. In Japan it is also known as "tsukinowaguma" (ツキノワグマ)or "moon circle bear".

In Japan, the only region they have any sort of foothold is in Easter Honshu. A bear's territory ranges from 10-15 square miles from their den however this can vary depending on food supply and human encroachment. The bears in the mountainous regions hibternate where there is snow on the ground for most of the winter. The snow helps the bears keep warm by insulating their dens.

Other than the fact that they are a bit smaller, Japanese black bears appear very much like the average Asian black bear. Most Japanese black bears are nocturnal. However, this has partially to do with location and the fact that the bears tend to avoid humans. They are also skilled climbers. They build nests in trees and on steep slopes called "enza"(センザ)in Japanese. They use these for eating, resting and sleeping in. They also den in hollow trees, under large rocks, or in the ground.

They feed mainly on plant material year round. Depending on the time of year, their diet consists of acorns, beechnuts, oak nuts, green shoots, cherries, ants and insects. The Japanese black bear is an omnivorous creature. It will eat small animals such as frogs, lizards, crabs and carrion, However, it seldom hunts animals and mainly feeds on vegetation.

The Japanese black bear became extinct on the mountainous island of Kyushu back in the 1950s and is considered extinct on the island of Shikoku. Only on Easter Honshu are the black bears considered to be healthy. However, even the bears on the main island of Honshu still have to deal with human disturbance.