Lounging in a hammock, wrestling or playfully rearranging their exhibit, there is no doubt that Taronga’s Malayan Sun Bears will make you smile, but there is more to their story.
Mr Hobbs arrived at Taronga with the help of the Free the Bears after he was rescued by an Australian businessman from a tiny wooden crate outside a Cambodian restaurant.
Worldwide, the illegal trade in wildlife is comparable in value to that of drugs and arms. It also sits alongside habitat loss as the greatest threats to the future of many species, including the Vulnerable Sun Bear. Wild Sun Bear populations are under threat from poaching to meet a demand as exotic pets, restaurant dishes and traditional medicines.