The Sun Bear…

Man is the main predator of Sun Bears

The main predator of sun bears throughout its range by far is man. Commercial poaching of bears for the wildlife trade is a considerable threat in most countries. During surveys in Kalimantan between 1994 and 1997, interviewees admitted to hunting sun bears and indicated that sun bear meat is eaten by indigenous people in several areas in Kalimantan. High consumption of bear parts was reported to occur where Japanese or Korean expatriate employees of timber companies created a temporary demand. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) shops in Sarawak and Sabah offered sun bear gallbladders. Several confiscated sun bears indicated that live bears are also in demand for the pet trade.[20]

Sun bears are among the three primary bear species specifically targeted for the bear bile trade in Southeast Asia, and are kept in bear farms in Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Bear bile products include raw bile sold in vials, gall bladder by the gram or in whole form, flakes, powder and pills. The commercial production of bear bile from bear farming has turned bile from a purely traditional medicinal ingredient to a commodity with bile now found in non-TCM products like cough drops, shampoo, and soft drinks.[21]

11 December 2018


What is a sun bear?

A sun bear is the smallest bear species in the world. They almost look like medium sized soft toys. Due to this sun bears are particularly vulnerable. Their cubs are exceptionally cute and are often traded as pets. The mother sun bear is often killed and then the cub is kept in a cage with inadequate care.

The tropical lowlands of South East Asia are home to the sun bears. They have a pale, horseshoe shape on their chests resembling the rising sun and giving them their name. They are omnivores and will eat primarily invertebrates, fruit and honey.

Sun Bears love honey and will often wreak havoc on the hives at the centre if they can get to them! Because of this love of honey, Sun Bears are often called Honey Bears. Sun bears have exceptionally long tongues for the express purpose of stealing honey. Their tongues can be anywhere between 20-25cm.

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