• Sub bear climbing, Borneo

Everything you need to know about seeing Sun bears on safari

Bornean sun bears are extremely rare, and as such, you are unlikely to see them in the wild. We have access to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) where you can support conservation efforts, and see these adorable animals in a natural environment.


The BSBCC is the only conservation centre for sun bears in the world; they provide care for rescued bears and aim to increase awareness of them across the globe. At the centre you can see these inquisitive animals up close and watch on as they play, feed, fight and interact with each other. The bears are charming and this really is an unforgettable experience.


For more information on wildlife in Borneo, check out our wildlife page.



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expert view: jessica tiffin

expert view: jessica tiffin

One of the most precious moments for me was seeing the smallest and second rarest bear in the world, the Sun Bear, just meters away in the safe haven of Mr. Wong’s conservation centre. The large protected area of forest does a good job of rehabilitating and protecting the confiscated and orphaned bears that have been brought here. 

Sub bear climbing, Borneo

the sun bear

Named after the crest on their chests, sun bears are the smallest of the bear species and are totally unique in that as well as being adapted to jungle living, they are completely tree-dwelling. These bears are so rarely seen in the wild, that little is known about exactly how many are left in the wild, but we do know they are drastically decreasing along with their habitat.

They have short, sleek, glossy coats, a light coloured face and short muzzle. Their long claws help them climb and break hollow logs in search of termites, they also have strong teeth which have been seen helping to haul them up large trunks. Strangely, these bears which are thought to be diurnal, have been seen adapting more nocturnal behaviours to avoid human confrontation.

Growing human development means that sun bears are now being found in just a handful of isolated habitats.

Heading to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre is the best way to see them in the wild and help with their conservation and awareness.

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As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

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At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

Clouded leopard as seen on Borneo vacation


View our Borneo safaris, or talk to one of our specialists for more details on travelling to Borneo. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.