Sun bears belong to the family Ursidae, which also includes polar bears, giant pandas and brown bears. Sun bears are known by their names because they have a distinctive orange to creamish patch on their chest.
Sun bears are also excellent climbers, and usually sleep in trees. Like most other members in this family, sun bears are omnivores, feeding on seeds, fruits, insects, honey, termites and other small animals. The bears are also solitary, but they can roam in groups as well – such as a mother and her cub.
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Frequently Asked Questions on Sun bears
What is the scientific name of the sun bear?
The scientific name of the sun bear is Helarctos malayanus.