Helarctos – Sun bear

The smallest of bears is slowly vanishing from tropical forests of Southeast Asia

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 bear species 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.