In collaboration with the Laos Department of Forestry, construction of the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre in Luang Prabang began in 2003. In 2009 the second bear house was added.
In 2013, the world's first ever neurosurgery on a bear relieved our beautiful moon bear ChamPa of the pain associated with her hydrocephalic condition. 2014 saw completion of a Bear Discovery Trail to educate the 200,000+ tourists who pass the Bear Rescue Centre on their way to visit the famous Kuang Si waterfall.
Our original sanctuary at Tat Kuang Si was designed to house 25 bears. After a spate of bear rescues it became clear that we'd need to expand and in 2017 we opened the Luang Prabang Wildlife Sanctuary, providing plenty of space to build additional rescue facilities moving forward.
We opened the first bear house at Luang Prabang Wildlife Sanctuary in 2017, as well as facilities for other rescued and endangered wildlife including macaques, leopard cats, tortoises, birds, civets, and even red pandas intercepted after being smuggled from China into Laos.
With a record 10 bear rescues in Laos in 2017 and then 13 in 2018 (more than 60 bear rescues in Laos), we're building bear houses as quickly as we can. Construction of a cub nursery, quarantine house and additional bear enclosures are already underway.
Given a lack of facilities available for endangered & trafficked wildlife elsewhere in the country, we are expecting additional demands to be placed upon Luang Prabang Wildlife Sanctuary moving forward.
In 2019 we're already completed our third Bear House and our WIldlife Hospital, with plans for an additional 2 bear houses, a carnivore enclosure and a holding house for pangolins and other reptiles prior to release.
We're also providing valuable training, employment opportunities and alternative livelihoods to local villagers, destined to become Lao's future wildlife warriors.