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Choki and Bakar at BOS Dec 2023

Choki and Bakar at BOS Dec 2023

The 2 cubs Choki and Bakar at BOS Samboja Lestari are doing well and are now about 9 months old now. They are still spending most of their days in the forest with Pablo, a volunteer who has been caring for them since July. Thanks to your donations, we have raised the funds needed to cover the cost of the construction work necessary to accommodate 2 older bears and allow Choki and Bakar to move into a large forest enclosure. Construction is scheduled to begin on 15 December and should be finished by the end of January 2024.

Our new project is to save an 8 year old elephant in Laos! Her name is Mae Boua Ngeun, she is lucky to have grown up in her natural environment with other domestic elephants in a beautiful sanctuary called the Elephant Conservation Center (ECC) in Sayaboury, Laos. The problem is that Boua belongs to a private owner who wants to sell her, but ECC doesn’t have the funds to buy her. If ECC can’t provide the 80.000 USD that the owner is asking for, he will take her away and sell her to the highest bidder. Boua would then probably end up in one of the so called safari parks in China, forced to perform meaningless tricks in a horrible environment. But if Boua stays at ECC, she will most likely have babies and be released to the wild with her family.

Mae Boua Ngeun at ECC – Nov 2023


At Sun Bear Outreach, we have made it our mission to help ECC raise the 80.000 USD so that Boua can stay there and get a chance to lead a free life. Find out more and help us save Boua on www.saveboua.com

Thank you for your support.




18 Septembre 2023 Update

Since March 2023, 5 new bears have arrived at the sun bear sanctuary of Samboja Lestari in East Kalimantan, run by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF). Brutus, an adult male, arrived in July. He used to be kept…

19 April 2023 update

Since the beginning of 2023, we have focused our efforts on doing maintenance on the sun bear enclosures, renovating cages and building climbing structures for the bears at the rescue centres of both the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF)…

7 December 2022 Update

The new 1 Ha forest enclosure at Samboja Lestari in East Kalimantan is finished and it has been the home to a group of 5 bears since 29th November 2022. A big thank you to all the donors of…

18 July 2022 Update

I’m happy to write that the construction of a new large forest enclosure at the Samboja Lestari rescue centre in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, is progressing steadily under the supervision of Philip Stubley, our long term volunteer. In the end,…

2 June 2022 UPDATE

I’m am happy to announce the construction of a new large forest enclosure for 3 sun bears at the Samboja Lestari rescue centre in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Construction work is scheduled to begin mid June under the supervision of…

11 January 2022 update

I have been in France since August 2020 and have not yet been able to go back to Indonesia to pursue the projects of Sun Bear Outreach. I had bought a ticket to go back in July 2021 but…

July 3rd 2021 UPDATE

I had bought a ticket to go back to Indonesia on July 18th, but the COVID situation there is going from bad to worse and travel restrictions for foreigners entering the country are still in place. Unfortunately I have…



While the main focus of Sun Bear Outreach is to improve the wellbeing of captive sun bears, we are happy to help all animals in need. Our empathy and compassion is not limited to bears. Our project in December…

3 December 2020 update

Despite the COVID pandemic, renovation work at the Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) in Jogjakarta, Indonesia is progressing slowly but surely. This is thanks to your donations and to the work of Tojeiro, a young Dutch volunteer who is working…