Publications, Press, Resources


You can find our past and present newsletters below in PDF format:

May 2020

November 2019

May 2019

November 2018

May 2018

Press Coverage

Mega reserve for rescued moon bears, Mongabay, April 2020

Free the Bears founder awarded Order of Australia, Perth Now, January 2020

A beary merry Xmas for rescued cubs, Yahoo News, December 2019

Tiny bear cub siblings learn to be wild, The Dodo, December 2019

Historic 5 bear cub rescue in Laos, Herald Sun, August 2019

The bear necessities, Scoot Airlines, July 2019

Tiny orphaned sun bear cub learns to climb, The Dodo, March 2019

Starving moon bears rescued in Laos, The Dodo, February 2019

What it's like rescuing sun bears in SE Asia, Travel Insider, January 2019

The bear necessities in Luang Prabang: Silkwinds, October 2018

World's largest red panda rescue: National Geographic, January 2018

Bear rescue:, July 2018

Bile farm research shows bears at risk: National Geographic, July 2018

World's first sun bear symposium:, September 2017

Strengthening the fight against the bear bile trade: South China Morning Post, July 2017

Inside the disturbing world of bear bile farming: National Geographic, May 2016

Restoring sight in rescued Asian moon and sun bears: Vet Times, March 2016

Pride of Australia medals recognise WA's heroes: Perth Now, September 2015

First brain surgery performed on a bear: National Geographic, April 2013

Publications & Scientific Papers

Research Prospectus: Priority topics for ex situ sun bear conservation research

Sun bears - Global status review & conservation action plan, 2019-2028, KHMER ABRIDGED

Gấu chó Đánh Giá Tình Trạng Toàn Cầu & Kế Hoạch Bảo Tồn 2019-2028 Phiên Bản Rút Gọn FINAL 8.4.20

Consumer demand and traditional medicine prescription of bear products in Vietnam: Biological Conservation, Biological Conservation, July 2019

Understanding the prevalence of bear part consumption in Cambodia: A comparison of specialised questioning techniques: PLOS One, February 2019

Sun Bears - Global Status Review & Conservation Action Plan, 2019-2028_UNABRIDGED, 2019

Sun Bears - Global Status Review & Conservation Action Plan, 2019-2028_ABRIDGED, 2019

Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Sun Bear Conservation & Management, 2019

The Status & Distribution of Bears in Vietnam, 2016 (English): Technical Report: Free the Bears/Animals Asia Vietnam, 2016

The Status & Distribution of Bears in Vietnam, 2016 (Vietnamese)Technical Report: Free the Bears/Animals Asia Vietnam, 2016

The challenges and conservation implications of bear bile farming in Viet Nam: Oryx, July 2018

Groundwork for effective conservation education: International Zoo Yearbook, March 2016

Understanding public perceptions and motivations around bear part use: Biological Conservation, November 2016

An apparent hybrid wild bear from Cambodia, Ursus, International Association for Bear Research and Management, February 2008

Laparoscopic-assisted insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt in a rescued Asiatic black bear: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, September 2017 

Status and conservation significance of ground-dwelling mammals in the Cardamom Landscape: Cambodian Journal of Natural History, 2017


The following educational materials, used at our sanctuaries, provide a great introduction to bears and conservation issues. 

Moon Bear FAQ

Sun Bear FAQ

The Bear Basics of Sun Bears & Moon Bears

Khmer Education Kit: COMING SOON

Laos Education Kit: COMING SOON

Chinese Education Kit: COMING SOON

Vietnamese Education Kit: COMING SOON


Constitution of Free the Bears Ltd.