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Free the Bears Ltd

Contact

Name: Matt Hunt

Position: CEO

Email: contact@freethebears.org

Website: https://www.freethebears.org

Address

PO Box 1393

Osborne Park DC WA 6021

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Our Mission / Objective

In 1993 Perth grandmother Mary Hutton saw a television program that would change her life. The segment contained horrifying footage of moon bears (Asiatic Black bears) held in coffin sized cages unable to move, with dirty catheters inserted directly into their gall bladder to ‘milk’ their bile.

Mary learned that thousands of bears were being held in these horrifying conditions throughout Asia, regularly milked for their bile to be used in traditional medicines. 

The next day, Mary drew up a petition and stood at the entrance of the local shopping mall collecting signatures to help “Free the Bears”. She collected thousands of signatures and a group of like-minded people determined to help bears and in 1995 registered Free the Bears Fund as a not-for-profit charity (Charity No: A1004507U).

As Mary organised raffles, film nights and other events to raise awareness about the plight of Asia’s bears, word of her work spread and requests for help arrived. After rescuing a pair of sun bears from Cambodia, having seen there were more bears in need, she began construction of the Cambodian Bear Sanctuary. This is now the world’s largest sanctuary for sun bears and has educated hundreds of thousands of Cambodians about the threats facing wild bear populations.

A telephone call from India led to Free the Bears joining Wildlife SOS and International Animal Rescue in the seemingly impossible challenge of freeing India’s dancing bears. The first group of 25 bears were rescued on Christmas Eve of 2002. Over the next 7 years Free the Bears helped provide seed money for more than 500 dancing bear families to set up new livelihoods. In 2009 the last of India’s dancing bears was handed over and the centuries old tradition was ended.

2003 saw the opening of our Bear Rescue Centre in Luang Prabang, Laos followed by Cat Tien, Vietnam in 2008. Construction of additional Rescue Centres in both locations is currently in progress. Free the Bears provides lifelong care to over 220 rescued bears across 5 sanctuaries, and also supports over 300 rescued bears in India.

For as long as there are bears in need, Free the Bears will strive to stop their suffering. As well as rescue and rehabilitation, we continue to tackle the threats to Asia’s bears. These threats are numerous and endemic, but with consistent effort from local communities up to national governments, we believe ending the suffering of bears is achievable.

Besides habitat loss, one of the main threats to bears in Asia is the illegal wildlife trade. Many of our rescued bears are rescued from poachers, exotic pet owners, or people planning to use them in traditional medicine. Poachers kill or capture bears via hunting or snare traps, selling them locally or smuggling them abroad.

Another grave threat to Asia’s bears are bear bile farms. Despite bear bile farming becoming illegal in the countries in which we operate (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia), an estimated 800 bears remain in captivity in Vietnam (down from 4,000 in 2006, however only around 300 of those were rescued) and 150 in Laos (2018 estimates). There are an estimated 10,000 bears in bile farms in China. It is suspected that almost all bears in Vietnam and Laos bile farms were taken from the wild and additional reports indicate that wild bear numbers are plummeting.

To tackle this problem, Free the Bears and other wildlife conservation organisations are working with governments to strengthen laws and increase capacity for enforcement, working with traditional medicine practitioners to promote synthetic and herbal alternatives to bear bile, addressing consumer demand with education campaigns about the cruelty inflicted upon bears in farms.

We’re beginning to see positive results from these efforts. In a recent study of Vietnamese bear bile farmers, farmers reported a substantial reduction in consumer demand for bear bile. Worryingly, they also reported a substantial reduction in food budgets for bears, increasing the urgency to rescue these bears before it’s too late.

We work with government authorities who confiscate bears (and other illegally held wildlife), handing them over to Free the Bears for rescue and rehabilitation. 

Free the Bears works with communities, schools and organisations across Asia to change attitudes and raise awareness of the wildlife trade. We work with universities and other institutions who conduct critical research. We also work with government, law enforcement agencies and other charities to create and implement a framework to combat wildlife traders.

Despite each country facing a unique set of challenges and issues to overcome, we will continually strive to achieve our mission of protecting, preserving and enriching the lives of bears throughout the world. Free the Bears.

Thank you for your support.

Projects in Progress

Since 1995 Free the Bears Fund has provided support to a wide range of projects across the globe; from the rehabilitation of orphaned bear cubs in the Russian Far East to surveying wild Spectacled bears in Ecuador. As Free the Bears has grown we have focused more intensely on the Sun bears and Asiatic black bears of South-east Asia and the Sloth bears of India.

By creating partnerships that are tailored to each individual country and situation we have been able to support a wide range of projects in our six priority countries; Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Despite these countries being geographically close to one another, the threats to bears vary widely and as such our responses encompass a wide range of strategies including environmental awareness, sustainable livelihoods, increased enforcement and research and protection of wild bear populations.

Our support ranges from direct intervention on-the-ground to providing much-needed funds to local organisations carrying out bear conservation work in line with our goals. To find out more about the various projects that we support, please select from the menu to the left.

https://freethebears.org/pages/projects

 

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

23 763 253 031

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

https://freethebears.org/pages/bequests

Free the Bears has been a beacon of hope for thousands of bears for over 24 years. Every day, our charity helps bears who are facing a daunting and bleak future. The demands on Free the Bears grow with each passing year as an endless stream of bears arrive at our sanctuaries throughout Asia. 

At the very core of Free the Bears is the belief that the actions of individuals can make a difference and help ensure the survival of bears in danger of extinction.  What better way to demonstrate this than by leaving a legacy to help us provide a safe and secure future for both the bears in our care and the ones we’ll receive in the years to come.

Giving Opportunities

By leaving a lasting legacy you can help Free the Bears maximize your gifts in a simple and meaningful way. Your gifts can take many forms, but all represent hope for bears under threat.

Estate Planning

Having an up-to-date will is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your wishes will be carried through to protect the rights of your children and loved ones.

After you have provided for loved ones, then you may like to consider including Free the Bears as a beneficiary. If you have already made a Will, perhaps you could consider asking your solicitor to add a codicil, which will incorporate your gift to Free the Bears.

 Types of Bequests:

  • A Residuary Bequest- after providing for your family’s needs you may wish to leave a specific portion or percentage of the remainder of your estate to Free the Bears. Since a Residuary Bequest is not for a specific amount of money, this sort of bequest keeps its value over the years.
  • Cash or Pecuniary Bequest – a directive in your Will that Free the Bears receives a specific amount of money from your estate.
  • Specific Bequest – a directive in your Will that specifies property, such as real estate, shares, works of art, jewellery etc., be transferred to Free the Bears from your estate.

We are pleased to provide the following recommended wording to assist you or your solicitor in writing the Will.

“ I GIVE AND BEQUEATH free of all duties, probate, death, estate, succession or otherwise State or Federal payable on or in respect of my estate or on or by reason of my death UNTO Free The Bears Ltd (ACN 629 120 449, ABN 23 763 253 031) (“the Free the Bears”), for its general use and purpose, the sum of (words) DOLLARS ($X.00).

I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other financial controller for the time being of the Free the Bears shall be sufficient discharge to my executor for payment of the said sum to Free the Bears without obligation of my executor to see to the application of the said moneys”.

Please let us know 

We understand that making a will is a very personal matter, and we strongly advise you to consult a solicitor before drafting a new will or updating an existing one. We are always happy to discuss your wishes and intentions but, regretfully, Free the Bears is unable to offer direct legal or financial advice on will making or estate planning.

If you do choose Free the Bears as one of your beneficiaries, or have already done so, please let us know. As well as being of assistance for our future planning, it gives us an opportunity to recognise your generosity and accommodate your wishes. Any information you give us will be held in the strictest confidence.

FREE THE BEARS LTD

PO Box 1393, Osborne Park DC, Western Australia 6916, Australia
Tel: +61 (08) 9244 1096

contact@freethebears.org

NOTE: We are registered in United Kingdom as Free the Bears UK (charity number 1135682). For supporters in the UK wishing to leave a bequest, please use this name and charity number. Thank you.

General Donations

https://freethebears.org/products/donate

Your donation will help rescue bears in need and also help provide care for rescued bears, including a healthy diet, veterinary care and large forest enclosures filled with enrichments to stimulate their complex minds.

AUD$15 will feed a healthy diet to a rescued bear for 3 days 
AUD$35 will feed a healthy diet to a rescued bear for a week
AUD$150 will feed a healthy diet to a rescued bear for a month 
AUD$250 will care for a rescued bear for a month – healthy diet, vet care & enrichment to stimulate their complex minds

Please consider a monthly recurring donation. To do so, click the FOR MONTHLY DONATION button and you’ll be asked to specify the amount you would like to donate each month.  Then follow the simple instructions to register.  Building a base of regular monthly donors is vital to a charity like Free the Bears, with our increasing numbers of rescues and a responsibility to provide lifelong care.  We greatly appreciate anyone who can join as a monthly donor, no matter how small the contribution.

WORKPLACE GIVING: Your employer may have Workplace Giving in place, allowing you to make regular donations directly from your payroll, with your employer matching your donation, often up to 100% (i.e. in effect doubling your donation). Please check with your employer to see if they offer this option (and if they don’t, please suggest that they enter a workplace giving programme such as benevity or good2give). Don’t be shy to encourage your co-workers to enroll into the Workplace Giving programme at the same time you do – every donation is doubled.

Thank you for donating to help us care for rescued bears.  For more information about how your donation will be used, please click here.

Other support

Be a Bear Carer OR Sponsor a bear

Our responsibility to each bear does not end with their rescue. One of our largest ongoing expenses is ensuring that each bear receives the very best care and attention available in our sanctuaries. By becoming a Bear Carer or Sponsoring a bear you will be helping to provide the ongoing care and help make up for the suffering these beautiful creatures have endured. Sponsors receive a special sponsorship certificate with a photograph and information about your bear and the satisfaction that you have helped to make a difference.

https://freethebears.org/pages/bear-carer

Corporate Sponsorship

Corporate sponsorship is a fantastic way to show clients that your company cares about the world that we live in. Each year we support numerous projects which could easily be linked to your company in a mutually beneficial manner, whether this is the construction of new housing for rescued bears at one of our sanctuaries or supporting a book party for children in rural Cambodia. Already a number of established companies have realised that by supporting our work they can improve their social responsibility and have a solid partnership with a well-established and well-respected organisation, perhaps your company can be the next?

Here are just a few of the reasons you should consider supporting Free the Bears through your company;

A unique opportunity to be associated with one of the world’s most successful bear conservation and welfare organisations.

  • We are a well established non profit organisation with more than 25 years of proven experience in our field and a large supporter base
  • Regular communications with an active and motivated supporter base through our website, newsletter, social media and frequent media coverage
  • We have a loyal and dedicated volunteer team and thousands of supporters who trust Free the Bears and know that we only partner with respectable companies.

If you think that your company could benefit working with us whilst supporting our work to help the bears please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Call our Perth office on (+61) 08 9244 1096 or email info@freethebears.org.au

https://freethebears.org/pages/fundraise

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Free the Bears Cambodia is located within Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre. This is an amazing & unique opportunity to join our experienced team and look after more than 120 sun & moon bears rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.

With stays ranging from 4 days to 8 weeks, your time and financial contribution will help improve and enrich the lives of our rescued bears as well as support our efforts to rescue more bears in need.

Activities include:

  • Food preparation & distribution

  • Providing sensory enrichment

  • Assisting keepers in cleaning of forest enclosures and bear dens

  • Creating/repairing bear hammocks.

  • General maintenance & improvement to the center i.e. painting, sanding, repairs & gardening

Get behind the scenes of our world class sanctuary and help make a difference to the lives of rescued bears.

Things to note:

  • We have a minimum volunteer age of 18 (exceptions considered for students or those with experience in wildlife/conservation)

  • You will undertake physical activities in a tropical climate – a good level of health is required

  • Peak season in Cambodia is from November to March – be sure to book early

  • You will work closely with the bears however for your safety and their welfare there will be no direct contact 

  • Free the Bears is located within the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre which houses many exotic species, all of which you’ll see during your stay

  • No experience in wild animal care is required – just be willing and enthusiastic with a strong interest in conservation and wildlife

  • A fee is charged to covers costs and contribute to the welfare of the bears

Inclusions:

  • Sunday pick up from Phnom Penh

  • Accommodation and transfers while volunteering

  • Daily breakfast, dinner Sunday to Thursday

  • Comprehensive training, supervision & support by experienced Free the Bears staff

RESEARCH PROGRAM: Free the Bears research program offers internships for university students who wish to undertake a project from our research prospectus (available upon enquiry), with durations from 4 to 12 weeks. Please be sure when enquiring to include your CV and mention any previous experience with animals/wildlife as well as any related study undertaken or previous work experience. 

https://freethebears.org/pages/volunteer-visit

For more information and an application form, please contact us at volunteer@freethebears.org

We currently house over 120 bears in 24 large outdoor enclosures covering about 8 hectares. The enclosures are very natural and have large rocky outcrops, native fauna, climbing frames and platforms, pools and other enrichments. It is a safe and happy home to bears that have been rescued from a range of different situations including poachers, the black market, the bile farm industry and businesses using them for entertainment, trades which often leave behind very young orphaned cubs.

For more information and an application form, please contact us at volunteercambodia.ftb@gmail.com

http://www.freethebears.org/index.php/help-the-bears/volunteer

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

In 1993 Perth grandmother Mary Hutton saw a television program that would change her life. The segment contained horrifying footage of moon bears (Asiatic Black bears) held in coffin sized cages unable to move, with dirty catheters inserted directly into their gall bladder to ‘milk’ their bile.

Mary learned that thousands of bears were being held in these horrifying conditions throughout Asia, regularly milked for their bile to be used in traditional medicines. 

The next day, Mary drew up a petition and stood at the entrance of the local shopping mall collecting signatures to help “Free the Bears”. She collected thousands of signatures and a group of like-minded people determined to help bears and in 1995 registered Free the Bears Fund as a not-for-profit charity (Charity No: A1004507U).

As Mary organised raffles, film nights and other events to raise awareness about the plight of Asia’s bears, word of her work spread and requests for help arrived. After rescuing a pair of sun bears from Cambodia, having seen there were more bears in need, she began construction of the Cambodian Bear Sanctuary. This is now the world’s largest sanctuary for sun bears and has educated hundreds of thousands of Cambodians about the threats facing wild bear populations.

A telephone call from India led to Free the Bears joining Wildlife SOS and International Animal Rescue in the seemingly impossible challenge of freeing India’s dancing bears. The first group of 25 bears were rescued on Christmas Eve of 2002. Over the next 7 years Free the Bears helped provide seed money for more than 500 dancing bear families to set up new livelihoods. In 2009 the last of India’s dancing bears was handed over and the centuries old tradition was ended.

2003 saw the opening of our Bear Rescue Centre in Luang Prabang, Laos followed by Cat Tien, Vietnam in 2008. Construction of additional Rescue Centres in both locations is currently in progress. Free the Bears provides lifelong care to over 220 rescued bears across 5 sanctuaries, and also supports over 300 rescued bears in India.

For as long as there are bears in need, Free the Bears will strive to stop their suffering. As well as rescue and rehabilitation, we continue to tackle the threats to Asia’s bears. These threats are numerous and endemic, but with consistent effort from local communities up to national governments, we believe ending the suffering of bears is achievable.

Besides habitat loss, one of the main threats to bears in Asia is the illegal wildlife trade. Many of our rescued bears are rescued from poachers, exotic pet owners, or people planning to use them in traditional medicine. Poachers kill or capture bears via hunting or snare traps, selling them locally or smuggling them abroad.

Another grave threat to Asia’s bears are bear bile farms. Despite bear bile farming becoming illegal in the countries in which we operate (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia), an estimated 800 bears remain in captivity in Vietnam (down from 4,000 in 2006, however only around 300 of those were rescued) and 150 in Laos (2018 estimates). There are an estimated 10,000 bears in bile farms in China. It is suspected that almost all bears in Vietnam and Laos bile farms were taken from the wild and additional reports indicate that wild bear numbers are plummeting.

To tackle this problem, Free the Bears and other wildlife conservation organisations are working with governments to strengthen laws and increase capacity for enforcement, working with traditional medicine practitioners to promote synthetic and herbal alternatives to bear bile, addressing consumer demand with education campaigns about the cruelty inflicted upon bears in farms.

We’re beginning to see positive results from these efforts. In a recent study of Vietnamese bear bile farmers, farmers reported a substantial reduction in consumer demand for bear bile. Worryingly, they also reported a substantial reduction in food budgets for bears, increasing the urgency to rescue these bears before it’s too late.

We work with government authorities who confiscate bears (and other illegally held wildlife), handing them over to Free the Bears for rescue and rehabilitation. 

Free the Bears works with communities, schools and organisations across Asia to change attitudes and raise awareness of the wildlife trade. We work with universities and other institutions who conduct critical research. We also work with government, law enforcement agencies and other charities to create and implement a framework to combat wildlife traders.

Despite each country facing a unique set of challenges and issues to overcome, we will continually strive to achieve our mission of protecting, preserving and enriching the lives of bears throughout the world. Free the Bears.

Thank you for your support.

Projects in Progress

Since 1995 Free the Bears Fund has provided support to a wide range of projects across the globe; from the rehabilitation of orphaned bear cubs in the Russian Far East to surveying wild Spectacled bears in Ecuador. As Free the Bears has grown we have focused more intensely on the Sun bears and Asiatic black bears of South-east Asia and the Sloth bears of India.

By creating partnerships that are tailored to each individual country and situation we have been able to support a wide range of projects in our six priority countries; Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Despite these countries being geographically close to one another, the threats to bears vary widely and as such our responses encompass a wide range of strategies including environmental awareness, sustainable livelihoods, increased enforcement and research and protection of wild bear populations.

Our support ranges from direct intervention on-the-ground to providing much-needed funds to local organisations carrying out bear conservation work in line with our goals. To find out more about the various projects that we support, please select from the menu to the left.

https://freethebears.org/pages/projects

 

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

23 763 253 031

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

https://freethebears.org/pages/bequests

Free the Bears has been a beacon of hope for thousands of bears for over 24 years. Every day, our charity helps bears who are facing a daunting and bleak future. The demands on Free the Bears grow with each passing year as an endless stream of bears arrive at our sanctuaries throughout Asia. 

At the very core of Free the Bears is the belief that the actions of individuals can make a difference and help ensure the survival of bears in danger of extinction.  What better way to demonstrate this than by leaving a legacy to help us provide a safe and secure future for both the bears in our care and the ones we’ll receive in the years to come.

Giving Opportunities

By leaving a lasting legacy you can help Free the Bears maximize your gifts in a simple and meaningful way. Your gifts can take many forms, but all represent hope for bears under threat.

Estate Planning

Having an up-to-date will is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your wishes will be carried through to protect the rights of your children and loved ones.

After you have provided for loved ones, then you may like to consider including Free the Bears as a beneficiary. If you have already made a Will, perhaps you could consider asking your solicitor to add a codicil, which will incorporate your gift to Free the Bears.

 Types of Bequests:

  • A Residuary Bequest- after providing for your family’s needs you may wish to leave a specific portion or percentage of the remainder of your estate to Free the Bears. Since a Residuary Bequest is not for a specific amount of money, this sort of bequest keeps its value over the years.
  • Cash or Pecuniary Bequest – a directive in your Will that Free the Bears receives a specific amount of money from your estate.
  • Specific Bequest – a directive in your Will that specifies property, such as real estate, shares, works of art, jewellery etc., be transferred to Free the Bears from your estate.

We are pleased to provide the following recommended wording to assist you or your solicitor in writing the Will.

“ I GIVE AND BEQUEATH free of all duties, probate, death, estate, succession or otherwise State or Federal payable on or in respect of my estate or on or by reason of my death UNTO Free The Bears Ltd (ACN 629 120 449, ABN 23 763 253 031) (“the Free the Bears”), for its general use and purpose, the sum of (words) DOLLARS ($X.00).

I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other financial controller for the time being of the Free the Bears shall be sufficient discharge to my executor for payment of the said sum to Free the Bears without obligation of my executor to see to the application of the said moneys”.

Please let us know 

We understand that making a will is a very personal matter, and we strongly advise you to consult a solicitor before drafting a new will or updating an existing one. We are always happy to discuss your wishes and intentions but, regretfully, Free the Bears is unable to offer direct legal or financial advice on will making or estate planning.

If you do choose Free the Bears as one of your beneficiaries, or have already done so, please let us know. As well as being of assistance for our future planning, it gives us an opportunity to recognise your generosity and accommodate your wishes. Any information you give us will be held in the strictest confidence.

FREE THE BEARS LTD

PO Box 1393, Osborne Park DC, Western Australia 6916, Australia
Tel: +61 (08) 9244 1096

contact@freethebears.org

NOTE: We are registered in United Kingdom as Free the Bears UK (charity number 1135682). For supporters in the UK wishing to leave a bequest, please use this name and charity number. Thank you.

General Donations

https://freethebears.org/products/donate

Your donation will help rescue bears in need and also help provide care for rescued bears, including a healthy diet, veterinary care and large forest enclosures filled with enrichments to stimulate their complex minds.

AUD$15 will feed a healthy diet to a rescued bear for 3 days 
AUD$35 will feed a healthy diet to a rescued bear for a week
AUD$150 will feed a healthy diet to a rescued bear for a month 
AUD$250 will care for a rescued bear for a month – healthy diet, vet care & enrichment to stimulate their complex minds

Please consider a monthly recurring donation. To do so, click the FOR MONTHLY DONATION button and you’ll be asked to specify the amount you would like to donate each month.  Then follow the simple instructions to register.  Building a base of regular monthly donors is vital to a charity like Free the Bears, with our increasing numbers of rescues and a responsibility to provide lifelong care.  We greatly appreciate anyone who can join as a monthly donor, no matter how small the contribution.

WORKPLACE GIVING: Your employer may have Workplace Giving in place, allowing you to make regular donations directly from your payroll, with your employer matching your donation, often up to 100% (i.e. in effect doubling your donation). Please check with your employer to see if they offer this option (and if they don’t, please suggest that they enter a workplace giving programme such as benevity or good2give). Don’t be shy to encourage your co-workers to enroll into the Workplace Giving programme at the same time you do – every donation is doubled.

Thank you for donating to help us care for rescued bears.  For more information about how your donation will be used, please click here.

Other support

Be a Bear Carer OR Sponsor a bear

Our responsibility to each bear does not end with their rescue. One of our largest ongoing expenses is ensuring that each bear receives the very best care and attention available in our sanctuaries. By becoming a Bear Carer or Sponsoring a bear you will be helping to provide the ongoing care and help make up for the suffering these beautiful creatures have endured. Sponsors receive a special sponsorship certificate with a photograph and information about your bear and the satisfaction that you have helped to make a difference.

https://freethebears.org/pages/bear-carer

Corporate Sponsorship

Corporate sponsorship is a fantastic way to show clients that your company cares about the world that we live in. Each year we support numerous projects which could easily be linked to your company in a mutually beneficial manner, whether this is the construction of new housing for rescued bears at one of our sanctuaries or supporting a book party for children in rural Cambodia. Already a number of established companies have realised that by supporting our work they can improve their social responsibility and have a solid partnership with a well-established and well-respected organisation, perhaps your company can be the next?

Here are just a few of the reasons you should consider supporting Free the Bears through your company;

A unique opportunity to be associated with one of the world’s most successful bear conservation and welfare organisations.

  • We are a well established non profit organisation with more than 25 years of proven experience in our field and a large supporter base
  • Regular communications with an active and motivated supporter base through our website, newsletter, social media and frequent media coverage
  • We have a loyal and dedicated volunteer team and thousands of supporters who trust Free the Bears and know that we only partner with respectable companies.

If you think that your company could benefit working with us whilst supporting our work to help the bears please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Call our Perth office on (+61) 08 9244 1096 or email info@freethebears.org.au

https://freethebears.org/pages/fundraise

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Free the Bears Cambodia is located within Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre. This is an amazing & unique opportunity to join our experienced team and look after more than 120 sun & moon bears rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.

With stays ranging from 4 days to 8 weeks, your time and financial contribution will help improve and enrich the lives of our rescued bears as well as support our efforts to rescue more bears in need.

Activities include:

  • Food preparation & distribution

  • Providing sensory enrichment

  • Assisting keepers in cleaning of forest enclosures and bear dens

  • Creating/repairing bear hammocks.

  • General maintenance & improvement to the center i.e. painting, sanding, repairs & gardening

Get behind the scenes of our world class sanctuary and help make a difference to the lives of rescued bears.

Things to note:

  • We have a minimum volunteer age of 18 (exceptions considered for students or those with experience in wildlife/conservation)

  • You will undertake physical activities in a tropical climate – a good level of health is required

  • Peak season in Cambodia is from November to March – be sure to book early

  • You will work closely with the bears however for your safety and their welfare there will be no direct contact 

  • Free the Bears is located within the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre which houses many exotic species, all of which you’ll see during your stay

  • No experience in wild animal care is required – just be willing and enthusiastic with a strong interest in conservation and wildlife

  • A fee is charged to covers costs and contribute to the welfare of the bears

Inclusions:

  • Sunday pick up from Phnom Penh

  • Accommodation and transfers while volunteering

  • Daily breakfast, dinner Sunday to Thursday

  • Comprehensive training, supervision & support by experienced Free the Bears staff

RESEARCH PROGRAM: Free the Bears research program offers internships for university students who wish to undertake a project from our research prospectus (available upon enquiry), with durations from 4 to 12 weeks. Please be sure when enquiring to include your CV and mention any previous experience with animals/wildlife as well as any related study undertaken or previous work experience. 

https://freethebears.org/pages/volunteer-visit

For more information and an application form, please contact us at volunteer@freethebears.org

We currently house over 120 bears in 24 large outdoor enclosures covering about 8 hectares. The enclosures are very natural and have large rocky outcrops, native fauna, climbing frames and platforms, pools and other enrichments. It is a safe and happy home to bears that have been rescued from a range of different situations including poachers, the black market, the bile farm industry and businesses using them for entertainment, trades which often leave behind very young orphaned cubs.

For more information and an application form, please contact us at volunteercambodia.ftb@gmail.com

http://www.freethebears.org/index.php/help-the-bears/volunteer

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