AGE : 14 years old
MEANING OF NAME : A district in the south western part of Sabah. It also means "cinnamon" in the local Dusun Language.
HISTORY : Keningau was brought in from a village in Keningau district, (hence her name) to Sepilok in September 2001. She was found being kept by a villager and a member of the public made a report to the Sabah Wildlife Department for her to be confiscated. Keningau arrived at Sepilok as a sub-adult.
PERSONALITY : Keningau is a beautiful, gentle soul. She has given birth twice at the centre, compliments of her handsome mate Bermuda, although she has since been moved to live with the female bears. She is sensitive to her surroundings and is shy to strangers, but she maintains a healthy curiosity about changes in her environment. She loves to lie on her back with all paws in the air and hold treats between her hind-feet while she delights in the smells and texture of her tasty snack. You may also see Keningau comforting Susie when she feels stressed by letting Susie suckle on her ear or being a general companion. When being fed in the outdoor enclosure she often climbs up a tree near the platform to receive the food, but she never manages to catch it! Perhaps she is showing the staff her impressive climbing skills!
IDENTIFYING MARK OR TRAIT : Keningau still looks very good for her older age, she has a chest mark up to her chin. Her eyebrows and snout are more pronouncedly white than the others. She also appears to have 'hooded' eyes as her fur comes down further on her brow then other bears.