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13th September update

Enclosure C on the left and Enclosure B on the right

Enclosure C on the left and Enclosure B on the right

At the Sun Bear Sanctuary of BOSF Samboja Lestari, Kalimantan, Indonesia, we built 3 large forest enclosures from January to September 2017 for a total of 13 bears. Our objective is to build another 12 enclosures over an area of 14 Ha so that all the 61 sun bears in the care of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation can have access to their natural environment and enjoy meaningful lives.

Map of the 15 enclosures A to 0.

Map of the 15 enclosures A to 0.

Work on the next forest enclosure will begin on October 1st, it will be 0,7 hectares in size and will hold 3 bears. The budget for building this enclosure, called Enclosure D, is estimated at about 40 000 USD. This includes the construction of a 330m long fence with its 70cm deep foundation, the purchase and setup of an electric fence as well as the construction of 3 dens and their furnishing. We hope to complete Enclosure D by December 1st.

Arkana in Enclosure A

Arkana in Enclosure A

Jay and Kumala in Enclosure A

Jay and Kumala in Enclosure A

I am now in France where I’m actively seeking funds for this new enclosure and I’ll be back in Samboja Lestari Indonesia to supervise the construction of Enclosure D on September 22nd. I hope you can help, any donation is greatly appreciated… thank you for your support.

Iis in Enclosure B

Iis in Enclosure B

Samsun in Enclosure B

Samsun in Enclosure B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 9th 2017 UPDATE

I write from Tarakan, a small town in North-East Kalimantan, where, in February, I had built wooden climbing structures and platforms in a new large empty cage for 2 female sun bears. I had also taken a young male…

5th Mai 2017 update

All is going well at the BOSF sun bear sanctuary in Samboja Lestari, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The first 1,65 Ha forest enclosure that we’ve been working on for the last 3 months is finished and has become the new…

22 February 2017 – UPDATE

I spent the last 8 days in a small town called Tarakan in the North part of East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia. I had been there last year in April to make improvements to the small cage of 2 female…

20th January Update

The 3 sun bears, Apang, Kecil and Dawai, have been given access to the small enclosure since January 8th. It took a few trials for Apang and Kecil to understand the electric fencing but they now completely avoid touching…

DECEMBER 6th 2016 – VIDEO UPDATE

We’ve made good progress in the last few weeks. We’ve finished the construction of the small enclosure in which the bears will learn to familiarize themselves with the electric fencing. All that needs to be done now is set…

Work in progress on the enclosure project

I’m happy to share with you this short video explaining the project now under way. The cost to build a training enclosure, 3 holding dens and a 2 hectare forest enclosure is about 50 000 €. You can see…

ENCLOSURES FOR SUN BEARS AT SAMBOJA LESTARI

Work for this new project began on October 24th 2016 and despite the daily rains, we have made good progress. One team is dismantling old 1,25 m2 holding cages that we will later reassemble into 9 m2 holding cages…

October Update

I’m happy to inform you that we will soon be beginning the construction of the 4 Ha forest enclosure for the sun bears at BOSF Samboja Lestari in Indonesia. I will be on site from October 17th onwards and…

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IMPROVING THE WELFARE OF CAPTIVE SUN BEARS

Since 2014, Sun Bear Outreach has focused on improving the wellbeing of captive sun bears who are in the care of organizations dedicated to orang-utans in Indonesia. After making a 1 hectare forest enclosure for 3 sun bears at…