Sun bears are the smallest bear species in the world, and are also known as the honey bear. Sun bears are so called because of the orange crescent shape on their chests which is said the resemble the rising sun. They are found throughout South-East Asia, and the rescued Sun bears at our Cambodia sanctuary are the largest collection of Sun bears in the world, numbering around 100.
Sun bears are targeted by poachers for their skin, paws and gallbladders for use in traditional medicine. The illegal hunting of bears combined with widespread habitat loss, means that Sun bears are very much in need of our help.
Mokiup is one of Free the Bears' greatest success stories, rescued from a tiny cage in 2004 in atrocious conditions with a chain around his neck. He was in such a poor condition he was affectionately named Mokiup, which roughly translates as "ugly-face" in Cambodia's native language, Khmer.
Seripheap means Freedom in the Cambodian language. This beautiful Sun bear was handed over to monks in the northeast of Cambodia in 2010 as a young cub. Initially she wandered freely around the temple grounds but as she grew bigger and became aggressive she was confined to a small metal cage where she remained for several years until hger rescue in 2017. While she was fed on the wrong diet, she was in surprisingly good health when she arrived at our Cambodian Bear Sanctuary.