Sometimes I think the sun bear (helarctos malayanus) should instead be called the monkey bear for their spectacular ability to climb trees high in the canopy of Southeast Asian rain forests. These smallest bears in the world (big males only weigh up to 150 lbs) have the longest claws of all eight bear species, even longer than giant brown bears! They are also curved and very sharp like a black bear to provide superior grip on the trunks of trees. The canopy is where these bears find their favorite foods—fruits like the many species of figs, and insects such as termites, bees and ants. Watching these bears navigate the treetops at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center in Sabah is one of my favorite aspects of the Borneo wildlife expeditions I guide several times a year. Here is a compilation of footage I filmed with my Canon 7d and 70-200 2.8.
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Awesome Brad ! Really enjoyed that vid. Really is something else watching them climb, play, sleep, and feed in the tree tops like that. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for bringing awareness to everyone about how special these little guys are and how their species is endangered.