Feb 2021 Sanctuary Updates
Good news! The female moon bears we recently rescued in Vietnam after 18 years on a bile farm are recovering well. In January they were adopted & named - welcome Isabella & Mumslee.
Some sad news...in January we bid farewell to moon bears Morris Moonbeam & Teddy in Laos. Morris Moonbeam was the heaviest bear we've ever rescued - over 280kg when rescued in 2011 - twice the weight of a healthy bear & blind (possibly due to maltreatment). In late 2019 a specialist vet team from the UK had donated their time to perform cataract surgery on Morris & partially restore his vision. We believe the past few months had been the happiest of his life.
Isabella, Mumslee, Teddy & Morris Moonbeam all spent years locked in small cages prior to their rescue. It is difficult to imagine their suffering. But thanks to you they were given a second chance at life, to feel safe, enjoy good times & learn to trust again. Please enjoy the above video with some of the moments you made possible. A huge bear hug & thank you for your support.
Despite the lack of visitors to the sanctuaries, our teams have been busy working on much-needed renovations & scheduled projects. In Cambodia, the roof of Bear House 5 had to be replaced, enclosures upgraded & a herbal medicine garden has been built as part of an education grant.
Bear House 4 in Vietnam (funded by the Marching Animal Welfare Trust & our 2to0by2020 crowdfunder) has commenced construction. Bear Houses 5 (funded by Wildlife Reserves Singapore, Wroclaw Zoo & our 2to0by2020 crowdfunder) & Bear House 6 (funded by a generous private donor) at the Luang Prabang Wildlife Sanctuary are rapidly taking shape. New bear houses will allow for additional rescues of bears from bile farms & the illegal wildlife trade.
Our education team in Laos hosted 5 Team Spirit days in January, educating groups from the local community about the importance of wildlife conservation & the work of Free the Bears.
Our Volunteer Coordinator Jen has been shooting some amazing Facebook Live videos from the Cambodia Bear Sanctuary. Click on the links here to see:
Tom-Tom the world's only known sun bear-moon bear hybrid (wild born),
Brandy (possibly the world's most beautiful moon bear?),
A sun bear in a nest (did you know sun bears build nests in the trees?)
ADELAIDE (Australia) COORDINATOR NEEDED: We're still looking for help to coordinate implementation of our wonderful Adelaide events - stalls at expos, bingo & quiz nights, & movie fundraisers. We already have a lovely & committed group of volunteers willing to help with these events however we need a volunteer coordinator(s) to communicate with the team & liaise with the Perth head office. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone - support is given from head office, the Adelaide volunteer team, and current coordinators Krys & Alan will be around to lend a hand. If you are interested in this very rewarding and fun opportunity, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
Love & bear hugs
In case you missed our "10 Good Reasons to Feel Better About 2020" video: