Ursus malayanus

Range: Myanmar, Indo-China, Thailand, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and possibly in part of Southern China

Habitat: Tropical forests

Conservation status: Vulnerable

Malayan Sun Bear


  • • Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Ursidae
    • This is the smallest kind of bear. Sun bears are shy and very intelligent.
    • Often, but not always, has a yellow-orange breast mark like a bib.
    • It is a stocky, strong animal, with a shortened muzzle, large paws, and strongly-curved and pointing claws.
    • Nocturnal: usually sleeps and sunbathes during the day in a tree.
    • Breaks or bends tree branches to form a nest and lookout post.
    • Adept climbers. Legs are bowed -- an adaptation for arboreal lifestyle.
    • Have a curious gait because of their bowed legs.
    • Do not hibernate in native tropical and subtropical range.
    • Diet: Omnivorous. Trees are torn open in search of nests of wild bees and for insects and their larvae. It digs for termites and likes soft growing point of coconut palm. Jungle fowl, small rodents, and fruit juices are included in the diet.

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