Thank you for helping protect and care for sun bears & moon bears. Free the Bears is a registered charity in the UK (#1135682). We care for hundreds of rescued bears at our sanctuaries and each year take on more rescues. Please give generously. Thank you.

  • £15 will feed a rescued bear a healthy diet for 5 days
  • £20 will pay for a specialist cub care kit for young orphaned cubs
  • £57 will pay for a bear hammock, a favourite resting place
  • £85 will feed a rescued bear a healthy diet for a month
  • £142 will pay for a vital annual health check
  • £1,700 will provide a healthy diet & general care for a rescued bear for a year

Please help with ongoing care for the bears by becoming a monthly Bear Carer (click here, it's less than the cost of a coffee each week) rather than a one-off donation. 

Otherwise for a one-off donation, click here.

Our bears receive a healthy diet of fresh vegetables and fruit supplemented with proteins and additional pulses & grains. It costs around £3 per day to feed a single bear. Many of our bears are rescued at an early age, sometimes as young as 1 month old. With a lifespan of 30-40 years, that's a lot of vegetables!

Bears are extremely intelligent creatures. They have one of the largest brain to body sizes of all carnivores. To keep their complex minds stimulated and provide them as close an environment as possible to their natural habitat, they receive daily enrichments - treat balls, 'wobble poles', puzzles and feeding tubes all challenge and entertain the bears. But nothing lasts long around a bear and they regularly need replacement. 


Bears are solitary creatures in the wild. We don't have the luxury of unlimited space to offer each bear a forest enclosure of their own so they learn to share their forest enclosures with other bears. It's important however that we provide them private spaces to avoid conflict. Climbing platforms and hammocks are loved by the bears, for relaxation & fun, as well as giving them a space to call their own. Hammocks are lovingly woven by our volunteers using materials purchased with your donation.

Many of our rescued bears require extensive medical care. Whether it's a small cub, a bile farm bear with injuries/disease or bears in the sanctuaries requiring health checks and general health care, our vet department is constantly busy providing the very best treatment & care possible. New keyhole surgery and ophthalmic techniques have been developed with Free the Bears to reduce the trauma, recovery time and suffering of sick bears, and restore their sight. These new surgical techniques will benefit other species throughout the world.

To make up for the suffering our rescued bears have endured, we try to provide them the best life possible, as close as we can to a natural life. We provide large forest enclosures with pools to escape the summer heat. There's always work to be done to repair and improve the enclosures and we're currently building two new sanctuaries to help provide refuge to additional rescued bears and other endangered species. None of this would be possible without the kindness and generosity of our supporters. Thank you for your help.