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Sun Bear

Scientific name:  Helarctos malayanus
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Asia
Habitat:   Bosque tropical
Diet:  Omnívoro
Weight:  60 kg
Size:  1,2 m
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Meet the Sun Bear!

The Sun Bear is the smallest of the bears. Its anatomy and excellent adaptation to the environment make it a first-class climber. It digs its long, sharp claws into the bark of trees, climbing to incredible heights. Such is their fondness for arboreal life that they are difficult to spot in their natural environment, since they tend to remain in the most hidden parts of the forest.

It is an endangered species due to habitat loss and hunting by humans. Unfortunately, it is still largely unknown compared to other large mammals.

What are its habits?

This bear is nocturnal, does not hibernate and is very cautious. It can climb up to eight meters high, and likes to stay among the branches and leaves, often well above the ground.

It has an omnivorous diet and uses its long tongue to hunt termites.

The sexual maturity of the Sun bear occurs between three and four years of age. Mating can take place in any season, and gestation lasts around 100 days. The cubs, one or two, remain with the mother until they are able to fend for themselves

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


He lives well with man during his youth, but not in adulthood: his character worsens over the years, which makes him a dangerous animal.

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