Early in the morning of Wednesday 18 July 2018, we transported a male Sun bear to Allwetterzoo Münster, Germany. Burgers' Zoo will shortly receive a new Sun bear from Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland. We hope that the already proven Scottish breeding male will be able to produce offspring with the two Arnhem females.
Sun bears reproduce relatively difficulty in European zoos, and the European breeding programme faces some difficult challenges. Firstly, there is a clear surplus of females. Secondly, many animals are already quite old and may no longer be fertile. Thirdly and finally, Sun bears are quite selective in their choice of partner and have high demands for their living conditions.