Sun bears in Borneo live in the lush tropical aseasonal rainforest. With high solar radiation, high rainfall and constant warm temperature year round, this forest simply fills with life.
The forest forms multiple canopy layers, with the top layers measure average 50 m above the ground, and some "emergent" tree species reaching 70 m or more. Under this condition, sun bears have evolved as an arboreal species to exploit the multiple strata in the forest.
Sun bears are superb climbers. They spend a lot of their time resting on big canopy branches, and sleeping in the tree nest that they made high on top of tree. They also forage on these multiple canopy layers, harvesting fruits, ants and other insects, and bee hives.
This is Cerah the female sun bear. She was rescued by Sabah Wildlife Department in 2007. Her life as a captive sun bear literary transform after the establishment of Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) in 2008.
Here at BSBCC, she can have access to the forest enclosure. She can climb like a wild sun bear in her forest enclosure. She can eat termites and ants like a wild sun bear.
Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre aims to conserve sun bear through education, research, rehabilitation, and improve welfare for captive orphan sun bears. We need your help to achieve these goals.
Please visit http://sunbears.wildlifedirect.org to learn more. Please help us spread the words and spread the loves.
http://sunbears.wildlifedirect.org/ Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
After exploring this liana (forest vines) for about 15 min, Cerah decided to climb higher. She literary disappeared in the three canopy about 30 m above the ground. But she did not stay long up high. Slowly she descended from the liana to the ground. Enjoy the video.
Few days ago Mary the sun bear and I spent the afternoon in the forest like we usually do. Suddenly we have a visitor when Mary was busy looking for termites in this spectacular liana (vine). It was a pig-tailed macaque (Macaca nemestrina). The macaque came right on top of us to feed on the fruits of kunau-kunau (local name) (Baccaurea tetandra, Family Euphobiaceae) Few minutes later, more macaques came to check us out. We were literally surrounded by them. Pig-tailed macaques are a common primate species found in the forest of SE Asia. They share their forest habitat with sun bears. At Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, pig-tailed macaques are one of the five common primate species. Other four primates are orangutans, long-tailed macaques, red leaf monkeys, and human!
Watch the interaction between Mary the sun bear and the macaques in this video.
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/XlZ03Zy3wjI" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] Big Dream Little Bears by Wildhoop Productions. Narrator - Dr Audrey Low. Director, Editor - Howard Jackson. Borneo sun bears are the most endangered, least studied and smallest bears on earth. In the rush to harvest the rain-forests of Malaysia these bears are literally fighting to survive.
Sun bear, the world smallest bear, is also the world most arboreal bear.
They are equipped with soft food pads and strong curved claws that help them cling and grip on tree trunks and branches.
Since little, their instinct of climbing and exploring the height are strong.
They climb the trees for few purposes: finding food, rest and sleep on trees.
It is advantage for the sun bears to seek shelter on tree because there forest floor is always wet in the tropical rainforest.
Also, predators that known to pray on sun bears are often found on forest floor. Sun bear are very agile on trees, to a point that they look more like apes, such as chimpanzee, than a bear. They start climbing at young age because it may take them a long time to master the skill of tree climbing.
At five months old, Natalie the sun bear cub is slowly improving her tree climbing skills.
Although clumsy sometime, the clumsiness is an important learning process for Natalie to be a skillful tree climber!
Natalie is one of many sun bear cub rescued by Sabah Wildlife Department that sent to Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.
BSBCC aims to conserve sun bear and educate the public on the plights of this little known bear. We need your help and support to make this happen. Please visit http://www.bsbcc.org.my/ Please help us spread the words and share this video. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/03LerWmK970" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]
Biologist Andrew Pierce took this very rare video footage with his cell phone of a wild sun bear climbing a tree and digging for honey in the tree truck in with one of his paw and teeth and powerful jaw several meters above the ground in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. This video is a valuable resource to show us how sun bear make a living in the wild! Thanks Andrew for sharing with us! [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ouj29wsSAkc" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]