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MALAYAN SUN BEAR
Bear rehab volunteer in Borneo

KEY FACTS Population Trend: Decreasing ↓
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
Wild population estimates: Unknown

Scientific name: Helarctos malayanus

Size: upto 1.5m long

Found in: Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia.

Habitat: Tropical forest, shrublands, artificial/terrestrial

Diet: Fruits, nuts, berries, insects, honey

Average number of cubs: one

Average Life-expectancy in the wild: up to 25 years

Did you know?
The Malayan Sun Bear do not hibernate and can mate all year round.

DESCRIPTION

The Malayan Sun bear, or the Sun bear is the smallest member of the bear family. They are easily distinguishable by their bib-shaped golden or white patch on their chest. These adorable bears are the least studied out of all 8 existing bear species. Maybe this is due to their shy nature and the type of habitat they reside – remote dense lowland forests of South East Asia.

Sun bears are primarily nocturnal, but daytime activity has been observed in this species. Usually, they scour the forest looking for berries, figs, other varieties of fruits, and insects – especially beetle, termites and ants. Even so, it’s high up in the trees is where they excel, using their long, curved claws for climbing with ease and speed, and a long, slender tongue for extracting honey from bee nests. Hence, their nickname is “honey bear”. Like many other species, the Sun bear currently faces multiple threats on a regional and national level; habitat loss, population fragmentation, illegal hunting and trading for traditional medicine and delicacies.

Learn more about Malayan sun bears.

BEAR REHAB VOLUNTEER IN BORNEO

 VOLUNTEERING

Get involved in Bear volunteering on the island of Borneo. You will help to care for the world’s smallest bear. Rewilding the endangered Borneo Sun Bear at the only rehab centre dedicated solely to this adorable bear species.

INTERNSHIPS

The internship for this project is Wildlife Communication. You will be working on Social Media campaigns and Content Creation for the Sun Bear Centre. So you will gain digital skills, as well as learn about Bear Rehabilitation. The minimum stay is 3 months. 

OUR VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS WITH SUN BEARS

BEAR REHAB VOLUNTEER IN BORNEO

BEAR REHAB VOLUNTEER IN BORNEO

As a Bear Rehab Volunteer in Borneo, you will work at the world’s only sanctuary dedicated exclusively to the rescue and rehabilitation of Sun Bears: The Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC). Absolutely, you will play a crucial role in caring for these wonderful animals.

JAVA WILDLIFE RESCUE, YOGJAKARTA, INDONESIA

JAVA WILDLIFE RESCUE, YOGJAKARTA, INDONESIA

There are rescued Bears at the Java Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Yogjakarta, Indonesia. This centre has about 150 animals including orangutan, gibbons, birds, deer, crocodiles, snakes and other species. Volunteers assist the animal keepers in day-to-day care.

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