Damai, Sun Bear Cub Diary – Explore in Forest Part VIII

Text and Photos by Chiew Lin May


She belongs in the forest,
not in a cage or as a pet.

She looked at you all as if to say, ‘please help me !! ‘

Damai was famous with  ”Mystery of the sun bear at car porch ”.  Damai was ended up at a car porch of a housing area in Damai, Kota Kinabalu and until now she is likely to remain a mystery. Damai has been sent to Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre ( BSBCC) on last  year November 5th. We named this female sun bear cub  “Damai”, after the place where she was found. Damai means “peace” in Malay. Now she is 11 months old with her weight is 19.3kg.

” I share this earth with you. “

Sun bears need diverse and healthy rainforest to survive.

Nobody knows how many sun bears remain in the wild. Sun bear is classified as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List.

Please DO NOT poaching for bear parts and capture of sun bear as pet !!

While we are unsure of the exact details of Damai past, we know for certain sun bear cubs were illegally kept as pets. As is the case with so many orphaned sun bear at our Center, their mothers were most likely killed by poachers  as the rainforests around them were cut and cleared  for palm oil or other agriculture. This is really sad our rainforest lost every year. The only habitat on Earth where sun  bears, orangutans, clouded leopards and elephants  all are roam together!! Please help save sun bears and their rainforest home. Together we make the difference !!

Please always help us spread the words for sun bears !!

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