Malay bears mainly live in the tropical rain forests of Southeast Asia. The Malay bear stands at a height of about 1.2 meters and is the shortest in the bear family. It is often called a kuma because of its small size.
The Malay bear weighs an average of 65 kg and has a short tail about 5 cm long. Males are generally larger than females.
Unlike other bears, Malay bears have short and slippery fur, which may be caused by the climatic conditions of the low altitude areas where Malay bears live.
The Malay bear is covered with black or brownish-black fur, and has a light orange horseshoe marking on its chest. Malay bears also have fur of similar color near their nose and eyes. It is this unique marking that makes it the nickname of “sun bear”.