Text and photos by Chiew Lin May
On March 13th 2013, Ah Lun and Julaini stepped foot into the forest for the first time. These 4 sub-adult sun bears are now spending their days roaming, foraging, and digging in the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) forest enclosure.
Ah Lun and Julaini watch how and wondering why Natalie go out from door.
Ah Lun, female sub-adult sun bear step foot on forest floor. She follow Rungus roaming around the forest enclosure.
Julaini is the last one who confident to step the foot on forest floor.
Now Natalie and Rungus are confidently roaming the forest. Once the door is open both of them will go out immediately. They are enjoying their freedom. They have large trees to climb, decayed wood/logs, soil to dig in, and a natural forest to explore. Through the forest enclosure they look for a comfortable place to take a rest. They are doing well and spending the rest of their days getting used to the sights and sounds of their new environment where they are learning what it takes to live like wild sun bears.
Natalie is an excellent climber, and spends much of her time in trees foraging for her meals, insects, by using her long, sharp claws. Natalie is a great leader. She is very independent and has taught herself how to climb high up in the trees. Additionally, she loves to be outside. Rungus likes to makes a mess by scraping off all the soil or decayed wood she can searching for termites, beetles and other invertebrates. Ah Lun and Julaini surprisingly have shown some confident roaming in the forest enclosure already. Ah Lun prefers to spend her time alone, playing happily in the forest enclosure. It took Julaini a while to come out of his door and take a few steps. He was extremely wary of his new surroundings. He sniffed and foraged around the entire place.
It has been very heart-warming to see them grow in confidence and strength, as they become used to using all four limbs and climbing high up in the trees. All these things encourage natural, wild behaviour. They are all making great progress.
Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) is in a wonderful location for true rehabilitation as the forest has huge trees sun bears love. Seeing this forest dwelling species digging and climbing happily in the forest all day long is extremely motivating.
Here are a couple of photos of Natalie, Rungus, Ah Lun and Julaini roaming, digging and climbing trees at BSBCC forest enclosure.
Natalie, Rungus, Ah Lun and Julaini is happily roaming at forest enclosure.
Natalie, the group leader become an excellent climber.
Natalie loves to spend a lot of their time on trees.
Agile climber, Natalie use her powerful and long claws to climb trees search for food or rest on trees.
Rungus is like to spend time on digging soil and decayed wood foraging for food.
Rungus was keeping an eye out whilst foraging.
Using her long and sharp claws, Ah Lun was busy foraging food from the tree hole.
Ah Lun use canines to chew the dead log.
Julaini likes spend much of the day sunbathing or resting. Sometimes, Ah Lun and Natalie will company and play together with him.
It was hot afternoon, Natalie took rest on the forest floor.
Natalie use long tongues to slurp up the termites or insects.
Rungus and Natalie was grooming each other!!
In the forest, Rungus and Natalie was play together. It is amazing !! They love to explore forest very much.
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