Coronavirus: Help Free the Bears
More news is coming in of animal charities needing help with their rescues, and if you can manage it, please donate – it’s basically that straightforward.
Free the Bears have rescued over 950 bears in their time – they have helped the most vulnerable bear species for 25 years – sloth, sun and moon bears. They care for rescued bears in their bear sanctuaries and they protect bears in the wild.
Two moon bears rescued from a life in a cage
They emailed this morning with some good news – they have rescued 2 moon bears and more from a life of being in a cage
Thanks to the help of their supporters, they were able to rescue 2 moon bears. These had been caged and mutilated for bile extraction for years. After a COVID-19 lockdown period, Free the Bears were suddenly given permission in late February to rescue the male, who had been caged for 18 years. Can you imagine that? He is recovering at Free the Bears’ Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary and, as you can see, enjoyed the first tray of fruit he's probably ever tasted, bless him.
The female was rescued on 7 March, thank goodness, and she has now escaped 22 years of torture. She has many health issues and in a delicate condition, so needing careful and considerable vet care and treatment. Hopefully she will be all right, and be able to enjoy many years of love and care, swimming in pools, taking long naps in a hammock and foraging about in the forest.
And while they were at it, they rescued 2 moon bear cubs in Laos and a tiny sun bear cub in Cambodia. And there’s more! They rescued three tiny, malnourished leopard cat kittens in Laos, two males and a female. Sadly the female didn't survive, but the males are recovering in one of the sanctuaries and have put nearly on nearly 50% of their body weight!
But they need your help urgently!
Now for the bad news: due to the coronavirus, Free the Bears are very short of volunteers who are no longer able to visit and help, and donations. Over the years, they have been able to manage increasing bear care costs by raising funds with Bear Care Tours and Experiences at their sanctuaries.
The coronavirus has led inevitably to cancellations and no funds coming in.
Can you help?
They ask that, if we are able to, we become Bear Carers & commit to a small monthly donation. The Bear Buddy level of Bear Carer is just AUD$10 a month – that’s about US$6, Euro5.5 or £5 a month.
If enough of us sign up to become a Bear Carer, that will help Free the Bears get through these very tough times. It would make a great gift for anyone who loves nature and bears. Become a bear carer and help provide their rescued bears with good diets, enrichment activities to stimulate their minds, fantastic vet care and large forest enclosures – all the bear necessities of life
Free the Bears actually has a number of other ways you can donate:
Free the Bears leads nationwide campaigns in Cambodia and Laos to raise awareness and educate local communities about wildlife and the illegal wildlife trade. Their Awareness, Communication and Education Teams give local and international youth groups tailor-made schedules with interactive lessons, games and activities about the environment, wildlife, conservation and sustainability.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland has a project with Free the Bears – you can find out about it here.