Species In Danger
Survival of the Sun Bears is an awareness campaign project working to share the story of the world’s smallest bear and the plight of its survival.
Threats to Sun Bear Survival
In total sun bear populations have declined by at least 30% in the last 30 years (IUCN 2007). Although, sun bears have been listed as “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species since 2007, the current status of sun bear populations is unknown because there is not enough information about wild sun bear populations. This is why sun bear research is essential! Scientists are afraid that sun bears are actually an endangered species, but the lack of data available does not allow for proper protection. Sun bears face three primary threats: These little known bears are faced with extinction due to the triple threat of extreme habitat loss, poaching and the illegal pet trade. More