Jingle Bears! New 'Bears Print' is here

Great news - in the past month we've rescued another 4 bears in Laos and Cambodia, bringing us to 20 bear rescues for the year (17 for Laos, a new record). Click here to learn about the latest rescues and all the recent developments at our sanctuaries in the new edition of our bi-annual newsletter, Bears' Print.

Bears are very intelligent creatures. To keep their complex minds challenged, we provide them with enrichment on a daily basis. Specially made for bears, treat balls are stuffed with vegetables and other treats. The bears will lie on their backs and roll the ball around, using their long tongues and claws to extract the treats, peering into the ball with one eye to see if there is anything left inside. Treat balls are definitely one of the favorite enrichment activities of the bears - but sadly we don’t have enough treat balls to go round.

Make it a Beary Merry Christmas! In recognition of increased rescues and growing bear care needs, treat ball producer Aussie Dog (www.aussiedog.com.au) has offered us a special offer for Christmas 2019 to clear stock. Click here to send a Christmas Treat Ball gift to a rescued bear for only AUD$40. You'll make a bear happy for many years to come (limited stock available).

Our State Support Groups in Australia have staged many fun and successful events of late - quiz nights, a Bollywood dance, sausage sizzles, a dolphin cruise and an upcoming petanque garden party (Adelaide), to name a few. Thanks to everyone who has helped and attended. We welcome everyone to future events - you'll meet a lovely group of kind and caring bear lovers.

We're also urgently looking for volunteers to help our teams in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane and Darwin, or wherever you live! Click here to learn about joining our amazing team of fundraising volunteers to help raise awareness and funds to care for our rescued bears. Please contact office@freethebears.org.au

Ethical adventure holiday of a lifetime anyone? VIETNAM EXPEDITIONS 2020 trip dates have just been announced and spots are filling fast for the Sept/Oct trip (May already full!). Contact volunteer@freethebears.org to learn more and reserve your spot.

Click here to watch some of the amazing experiences you may encounter while helping complete our Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary and care for the bears on a Vietnam Expedition.


Did you know?

Any sponsorship or Gift for Bears/Humans can be sent to a loved one. What a great ethical Christmas gift! Even a donation can be dedicated as a gift. On the website select "Send as a Gift" and you'll have the option to create a beautiful e-card which will be e-mailed to your loved one. Or contact us directly and we'll mail the sponsorship pack or gift to your loved one.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are ordering merchandise, please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery (possibly longer with the Christmas rush). With Christmas fast approaching, please order physical gifts (merchandise and bear sponsorship kits) as soon as you can to ensure a timely delivery. 

Free the Bears is a registered charity in Australia. Any donation or bear sponsorship can be claimed as a tax deduction for Australians.
With limited protected forest suitable for release, we'll likely be caring for our rescued bears - healthy diets, vet care, enrichment, forest enclosures with hammocks & climbing platforms - for their entire lives, up to 40 years. Please consider becoming a Bear Carer so we can continue to provide this care.
Thank you & bear hugs