Sun Bears of Borneo The Smallest Bears

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Sun Bears of Borneo The Smallest bears

Also called the honey bear for its affection for honey, the Sun Bear is the smallest, slightest surely understood and one of the rarest of all the bear species. The sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) is the minimum examined bear species, and little data exists on dangers to its survival. In light of investigations of other bear species scientists theorized that sun bears on the island of Borneo are debilitated by obliteration of living space and chasing.

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Its scientific name is “Helarctos Malayanus” found on the Borneo and the Eastern part of Malaysia, Bangladesh; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Myanmar; Thailand; Vietnam. The Sun Bear was in the past boundless in the marsh woodlands of South East Asia. Be that as it may, it has for the most part vanished in late decades from the vast majority of its previous extents. In any case, Sun Bear is as yet discovered boundless in a couple of secured zones in Cambodia ‘s Mondolkiri area and Virachey National Park. It is believed that the populace fallen by over 30% over the most recent 30 years. As sun bears happen in tropical areas with year-round accessible sustenance, they don’t sleep. Aside from females with their posterity, they are generally lone. Male sun bears are basically diurnal, however some are dynamic around evening time for brief periods. Bedding locales comprise principally of fallen empty logs, however they additionally rest in standing trees with cavities, in pits underneath fallen logs or tree roots, and in tree limbs high over the ground.


Honey bees, colonies, and nectar are essential sustenance things of sun bears.They are omnivores, encouraging fundamentally on termites, ants, scarab hatch lings, honey bee hatch lings and an expansive assortment of natural product species, particularly figs when accessible. Periodically, development shoots of specific palms and a few types of blooms are expended, yet generally vegetative issue seems uncommon in the eating routine. In the timberland of Kalimantan, products of Moraceae, Burseraceae and Myrtaceae make up over half of the organic product consume less calories. They are known to tear open trees with their long, sharp paws and teeth looking for wild honey bees and desert smashed tree trunks.


The two noteworthy dangers to sun bears are natural surroundings misfortune and business chasing. These dangers are not uniformly conveyed all through their range. In territories where deforestation is currently happening. Sunbears are for the most part undermined by the loss of timberland natural surroundings and woodland corruption emerging from clear-cutting for estate improvement, unsustainable logging hones, unlawful logging both inside and outside ensured zones, and backwoods fires.

The fundamental predator of sun bears all through its range by a long shot is man. Business poaching of bears for the natural life exchange is an extensive risk in many nations. High utilization of bear parts was accounted for to happen where Japanese or Korean exile workers of timber organizations made an impermanent request. Conventional Chinese medication (TCM) shops in Sarawak and Sabah offered sun bear irritate bladders. A few seized sun bears demonstrated that live bears are likewise popular for the pet exchange.


Sun Bears are term as endangered. Sun Bears are being hunted for their blood, meat and gal bladder. To cure human diseases through Traditional Chinese Medicine. Killing Sun Bears is strictly prohibited there are laws enforced to save these precious cute little species. But poachers and hunters find their way to do so. They can’t be kept in captivity or as  a pet animal. The Borenan Sun bear Conservation center is playing a pivotal role to save them protect them under the supervision Dr. Wong Siew Te.

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