Conservation and life in Borneo

Gardeners’ Question Time

“Dear BBC, I live with more than 20 sun bears and would like to plant something that they would enjoy. What do you suggest?”  Paul – Sandakan

Dear Paul, have you considered ginger? Sun bears love ginger; it’s a juicy and delicious treat that they are sure to enjoy.

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Ginger grows in abundance at the edge of the forest here in Sepilok.

The ginger that we generally consume, Zingiber officinale, is only the rhizome -underground stem-  of the plant. When gathering ginger for the bears, only a few of the above-ground stems of each plant are removed.

However, do the bears enjoy the ginger for its taste, its water content or something else altogether? This is something I intend to answer in my next post.

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