There’s a programme on BBC2 on 22nd and 15th July 2020 at 8pm that you must just not miss!
It’s called Bears About the House. #BearsAbouttheHouse
Conservationist Giles Clark (Big Cats About the House) is off on his biggest mission to date: he’s taking on the illegal wildlife trade and helping to build a pioneering new bear sanctuary in Laos, South East Asia.
Enter Matt Hunt, CEO of Free the Bears. Free the Bears is an amazing charity which rescues moon and sun bears and cares for them in bear sanctuaries in Cambodia, Vietnam and Cambodia. And Matt asked Giles Clark to help for 12 months.
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Before long, Giles was needed to step forward and help Mary, a 5 month old sun bear who was rescued after her mother was killed in the wild. Fragile and malnourished, she needed care at home, and that's what she got.
In the programme on 22nd July, the team are on the road to rescue David and Jane, two five month old terrified moon bear cubs who were taken from the wild. Giles Clark takes them home so that they can have 24/7 care.
There’s more news on Mary as she graduates from the nursery into her permanent home, taking a confident and determined approach with her.
And there’s devastating news as the team comes to terms with a break in and a theft.
The quarantine building is finished and the sanctuary is able to receive bears from bear bile farms in Laos, which the government there has committed to closing once they have somewhere that the rescued bears can go.
Don’t miss it – and if you can make a donation, please donate.
There are 31 bears there already – and more bears are coming in so finishing the sanctuary is really important.
Bears across Asia are sold as trophy pets. They are used for their body parts in restaurants and processed for traditional Asian medicine.
The most valued part of a bear is their gallbladder. It stores bile, a digestive fluid which is thought to have medical qualities. Many bears across Asia are kept in bear farms – this enables their bile to be extracted as needed.
Giles and the team want to stop this. They are working with the government to shut these bear bile farms down.
It’s a constant effort, and Free the Bears need your help. Donations in whatever form will help rescue more bears in need of rescue, and care for those who have been rescued, and who need food, care and enrichment activities.
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