The Sri Lankan Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus inornatus) is a subspecies of the Sloth Bear and they are found mainly in lowland dry forests in t Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan Sloth Bear is omnivorous. It feeds on nuts, berries, and roots, as well as carrion and meat. One of its main foods is insects, which it removes from rotting stumps and trees with its long, hairless snout. They rarely kill animals.
Yala National Park is a famous place to sight these sloth bears in Sri Lanka. Yala Sloth Bear is also another wildlife attraction of tourists visiting Sri Lanka. They are known for nocturnal, shy and reculsive behaviors . It is not common to see pairs of bears except in breeding season.But occasionally, they are also found in pairs when there are seasonal rich food, especially when trees as Palu and Weera yield fruit. They are the only member of the bear family that carries the cub on its back.
Sri Lankan Sloth bears are stocky with a long , shaggy black coat with a V or Y shaped marking on the chest. They are with a cream-coloured muzzle, and large prehensile lips and a long tongue. They have paws equipped with well-grown hook-like claws that enable them to climb trees and dig for termites.
IUCN has classified sloth bear as vulnerable and Sri Lankan sloth bear in fact is highly threatened with deforestation in dry zone. Destruction of food sources is highly affecting them. Therefore conservation of them should be prioritized.
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