The Malayan Sun Bear is the world's smallest bear. Originally widespread through Southeast Asia, Borneo is now one of the few remaining strongholds of this charismatic jungle-dependent mammal.
Unfortunately, habitat loss and degradation are pushing this bear to the brink, with only about 10,000 individuals remaining. Sun Bears are also illegally hunted for food and medicines, captured for the illegal pet trade and shot to prevent damage to crops.
ucky for Sun Bears, a new project is being created: the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center. This innovative project is in partnership with Sabah Wildlife Department, Forestry Department and LEAP (Land, Environment, Animals, People). This state-of-the-art facility will be established at Sepilok in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
This is also home to the world famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center. Here, rescued Sun Bears will be housed and cared for in a natural setting with an aim to re-release them back into a healthy forest. This holistic project also includes education and awareness building, and hopes to change the fate of this flagship species. For more information go to http://sunbears.wildlifedirect.org.
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