We wish you a ‘Beary Christmas’

Symbolically adopt a panda or sun bear between 1 October and 30 November 2018, and your adoption pack with a FREE papier-mache bear will be delivered to you by 25 December 2018! Enjoy spending time with your loved ones painting and decorating your papier mache bear this festive season. This Beary Christmas pack makes a wonderful gift, or you could adopt a panda or sun bear for yourself.

We’ll send you:

  • 1 x cute six-inch sun bear plush toy
  • 1 x limited edition eco-friendly bag (colour may vary from the photo)
  • 1 x car sticker
  • 1 x certificate
  • 1 x information sheet
  • Quarterly Green Heart magazines
  • A tax exemption receipt*
  • A FREE papier-mache bear

*every beginning of the year, for donations received over the preceding months up to December.

Watch this short clip of an adorable sun bear trying to find its footing when climbing down a tree!

Malayan sun bears are known for their tree climbing skills, which they often use to hunt for honey normally found high up in trees.

A camera trap set by WWF-Malaysia’s field biologist can attest to the sun bear’s excellent climbing skill. Did you also know that sun bears have excellent olfactory senses? The moment it reached the ground, it was alerted to the presence of a foreign smelling object strapped to the tree and proceeded to investigate our camera trap! It even tried meddling with it before losing interest and wandering off.

Photo © WWF-Malaysia/Lau Ching Fong

A camera trap is a device that captures images of wildlife in the forest. WWF-Malaysia sets camera traps across large tracts of forest, which provides critical ecological information such as distribution and habitat usage. Photographic evidence from our camera traps shows the importance of natural forests for sun bears and other endangered species hence acts as a tool for conservation lobby.

Did you know that there are two subspecies of sun bears in Malaysia? The subspecies Helarctos malayanus euryspilus found only in Borneo Island, which includes Sabah and Sarawak whereas in Peninsular Malaysia we have Helarctos malayanus malayanus.

Photo © David Lawson / WWF-UK

The Malayan sun bear, also known as a honey bear because of its love for honey, is the smallest, least well-known and one of the rarest of all the bear species.

Sun bears are keystone species that play an important role in keeping our forests healthy. The Sun bear’s diet of wide range of fruits and insects contributes to seed dispersal and controls insect population respectively. Their unique appetite on honey drives them to climb tall trees to obtain stingless bee honey by ripping open the tree trunks that later serves as nests for tree-dwelling creatures such as hornbills.

Snared sun bear was rescued & released after treatment
Photo © WWF-Malaysia/Lau Ching Fong

Sadly, the Malayan Sun Bear is threated by two overwhelming threats:

  • Habitat loss due to forest conversion for urban development and monoculture plantations
  • Poaching; cruelly killed and exploited for its bile, meat and paws

WWF’s programmes focusing on the in-situ conservation of the Malayan tigers benefit all the wildlife that share the same habitat, including the sun bear. Your symbolic adoption will enable WWF-Malaysia to:

  • Secure funds for wildlife monitoring and anti-poaching efforts
  • Promote the protection of crucial habitats
  • Build awareness and support for wildlife and forest conservation