Geographical Range Southern China, eastern India, Indonesia
Habitat Lowland rain forests
Scientific Name Helarctos malayanus
Conservation Status Unknown

This sleek-coated bear is the smallest bear species. It lives in tropical rainforests, where it spends its time searching the trees for fruit, tender palm tips, insects, birds and small mammals. Sun bears are even known to raid cocoa and palm plantations in search of food. Their large paws with bare soles and curved claws help make them excellent climbers, and they often nest in trees.

The number of sun bears has declined because of habitat loss, as well as hunting for the pet market and the Asian medicinal trade.

Did You Know?

The sun bear's curved front claws and long tongue help it dig through termite colonies and pull out the insects.