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Sun bears – one of the world’s smallest (and arguably the most adorable) bear species – are frequently targeted by humans and captured from their wild home in Southeast Asia’s Borneo Rainforest. Some bears are poached for their gallbladders and paws, while others (mainly babies) are taken alive and held captive as illegal pets.
In the latter case, sun bear owners soon discover that they cannot care for a growing sun bear since they require needs no human could ever provide in a home environment (naturally, because sun bears are wild animals — hello!). This is where the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), located in Sabah, Malaysia, comes in.
The BSBCC is at the forefront of sun bear advocacy. The nonprofit works “to promote sun bear conservation in Borneo through animal welfare, conservation, rehabilitation, education and research – giving captured sun bears a better home and restoring their right to live in the wild,” as the BSBCC’s website states.
Recently, the BSBCC welcomed a new sun bear resident to its sanctuary (which is now open to the public).
Keep up with the BSBCC’s efforts to protect sun bears through Facebook and their campaign, Survival of the Sun Bears.
Lead Image Source: Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
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