Even though small, it still has mighty powerful jaws that it uses to tear into trees and get to the burrowing insects underneath tree bark. Sun bears are one of the rarest species of bear in the world and are only found in tropical forests, where they spend most of their time in the trees.
Because of their shy nature and remote habitat, gathering conservation data about them is difficult. Their habitat is being rapidly destroyed by deforestation. Moreover, like bears in Asia, they are also hunted for their other body parts and gallbladders for medicinal purposes, despite scientists proving that they have no medical value at all. Cubs are also captured to be sold in circuses and pet trade markets.
Oct 2021: The Sun Bear Conservation Centre (SBCC) in Malaysia announced that it had successfully rescued and released two sun bears into the wild. The bears, named Boboi and Kitud, had been orphaned as cubs and were rehabilitated at the SBCC before being released into a protected forest reserve.
June 2021: The Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) announced that it had successfully bred and released three sun bears into the wild in Cambodia. The bears, which were bred at the WRS’s Singapore Zoo, were released into a protected forest in Cambodia as part of a collaborative conservation program.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No