Malayan sun bear

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION/RANGE: 
Burma, Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra and Indochina.

DIET:
(Omnivore) wild-insects, larvae, fruit, birds, rodents; At the Zoo - biscuits, feline meat, fruits and vegetables.

HABITAT: 
Dense forests at all elevations.

DESCRIPTION: 
Black in coloration. Called sun bear for the u shaped markings on the throat. However, the markings vary or may not be present. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Sun bears are nocturnal. Daylight hours are spent sleeping and sunbathing in trees. Long nails help these mammals to dig into earth or rotting logs for food. They are known to cause damage to coconut plantations. Sun bears are protected by law and cannot be imported into the United States for commercial purposes. 

MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS: 
We currently have a female sun bear named Heliana. She was born at the Baltimore Zoo on July 23, 1993 and arrived at the El Paso Zoo on October 4, 1995.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS: 
Read about sun bears online and check out books from your local library. Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the Zoo and in the wild. Adopt a sun bear from the El Paso Zoological Society. 

JUST FOR KIDS: 
Your children can adopt a sun bear from the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds support the Zoo’s conservation and education efforts. Children can use their own money or get their classmates and friends involved and adopt an animal as a group. Learn more at http://www.elpasozoosociety.org.