Sulawesi Bear Cuscus, Ailurops ursinus

The Sulawesi bear cuscus (Ailurops ursinus), also known as the Sulawesi bear phalanger, is marsupial that is classified within the Phalangeridae family. It can be found in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and neighboring islands. It prefers a habitat within tropical or subtropical arid or moist forests, at elevations of up to 1,968 feet above sea level. The Sulawesi bear cuscus is an arboreal animal, preferring to reside in the trees, and can typically be found in pairs. It is active during the day and consumes young leaves, resting throughout much of the day in order to digest its food.

The Sulawesi bear cuscus was once a populous species, but now occurs in smaller numbers due to past hunting, although it remains abundant in some areas. Its main threats are habitat loss, hunting, and capture for the pet trade. This species occurs in many protected areas throughout its range and is protected by law in Indonesia. It appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Vulnerable.”

Image Caption: Sulawesi Bear Cuscus Ailurops ursinus, Grand Naemundung Animal Collection, Tandurusa, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Credit: Sakurai Midori/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)