Sun Bear

Helarctos malayanus

The second rarest of the bear species, sun bears are found across the dense tropical forests of south-east Asia,
although the largest remaining population is thought to be in Borneo. They get their name from the pale crescent-shape on their chest, but are also known as “honey bears”, or “beruang madu” in Malay, due to their long tongues that help them extract honey from beehives.

Bornean sun bear captured by our camera trap 


These two Bornean sun bears were captured by our camera trap in 2016 


Exact population numbers are not known, likely because they are the smallest and the most arboreal of the bears, spending most of their time in the trees. Sadly, due to habitat loss, hunting, and capture for the pet trade, their populations have declined by around 30% in the last 30 years.

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