These bears are listed as vulnerable in The World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Their population declines from rapid deforestation and has already been extinct from Singapore. They are also hunted for commercial hunting, and if no awareness campaign is carried out towards the public, these bears could be extinct from Malaysia very soon.
Zoo Negara Malaysia is home to 6 Malayan sun bears. These usually solitary animal have become very sociable with our keepers and public visitors, becoming ambassadors of their kind. Your support will assist us in providing a variety of enrichments to stimulate their senses within their natural setting and other maintenance needed around their open concept exhibit. Help us care for these precious wildlife and prolong their existence for the next generation to appreciate.