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Sun Bears Visit Tallahassee Museum [GALLERY]

By: Tallahassee Museum; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Tallahassee Museum; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
November 27, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - A set of sisters native to Southeast Asia are visiting the Sunshine State.

They're Sun Bears, the smallest of the world's bear species.

The two sisters just arrived at the Tallahassee Museum. Unlike their name, the sun bears are nocturnal, live in remote places and are very shy.

The museum curator of animals, Mike Jones, says their name probably comes from the bright inverted V mark on their chests.

They have long claws that Jones says come in handy. He says, "One of their techniques is to tap. They'll tap along a log with the back of their claws and if they hear a hollow spot, they'll tear into it to see what might be in there. They're great climbers. They're busy, busy bears"

The Sun Bear sisters are eight and nine years old. The curator says the biggest they get is up to about 150 pounds.

The unique visitors will be a the Tallahassee Museum until mid-March.


News Release: Tallahassee Museum

Who & What: Tallahassee Museum is hosting a media preview of the new 2013 winter guest animal. Sun Bears, the smallest of the world's eight bear species.

Why: Sun bears, unlike their name are nocturnal, live in remote places and are very shy. Sun Bears are very hard to study and the population is thought to have declined 30 percent over the past 30 years. Using their long claws, hairless paws and strong forearms, Sun Bears are half the size of native back bears. At night, Sun Bears search for food using their excellent sense of smell, long, slender tongues and strong jaws,

When: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, 9-11am

Where: Tallahassee Museum
3945 Museum Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Story/Interview Opportunities:
· Interview Head Curator/Animal Department, Mike Jones to gather interesting facts and information on these unique animals.
· Speak with Tallahassee Museum Executive Director/CEO Russell Daws on other winter activities taking place at Tallahassee Museum that are great for the family.


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