Sun Bear Day
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join us for activities and fun as we shine a light on the world’s smallest bear: the sun bear!
Activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission.
In the wild
Sun bears inhabit diverse forests in southeast Asia and play an important role in ensuring the health of the forest. As omnivores, they help tropical trees by dispersing the seeds of fruits they eat and by keeping termite populations down. When searching for honey, sun bears will tear open tree trunks, leaving behind nesting sites for hornbills. Unfortunately, the sun bear population has decreased by 35 percent over the last 30 years. The species is now classified as vulnerable.
What’s the issue?
As forest dwellers, one of the biggest threats to sun bears is habitat loss and degradation. Indonesia and Malaysia have some of the highest deforestation rates in southeast Asia due to the production of palm oil. In addition, sun bears suffer population decreases as a result of commercial hunting and trade.