The sun bear is the smallest of all eight bear species. Can you name all eight?
Sun bears (Helarctos malayanusare) also the least known and least studied species of bear. Male sun bears range from 60-150 lbs. (20-40 kg), while female sun bears range from 40-80 lbs. (30-70 kg). Sun bears live in the tropical forests of Borneo. They are the most arboreal of all bears, which means they spend most of their time in trees. They each have a unique “sunshine-patch” on their chest.
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More about Sun Bear: Their extremely long tongues and claws are specialized for life in the trees. They can use their powerful claws to crack coconuts wide open, they have a keen sense of smell for hunting termites and they love honey.
Historically, sun bear populations were found in most of mainland Southeast Asia. Now, most of these populations are extinct. The remaining wild sun bear populations inhabit the rain forests of Borneo. Little is known about wild sun bears because they are so elusive in their jungle homes, so there is much to learn! Further research about wild sun bears is essential. We DO know that sun bears do not need to hibernate, like other bears. Sun bear cubs tend to stay with their mother for at least 18 months. Sun bears eat an omnivorous diet of mostly insects and fruit. Mmm… termites!