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5th Mai 2017 update

Apang before

Apang before

Kecil before

Kecil before

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 home for Oscar, Apang, Kecil and Arkana since April 29th. The 4 bears spend most of their time in the forest but come back to the dens for breakfast and afternoon feed.

Oscar before

Oscar before

Oscar, Apang, Kecil and Arkana have all spent many years alone in small 1,25 m2 cages and they are now in a group with over 16 000 m2 of forest to play in. They are surely living the happiest days of their lives, discovering the habitat they were meant to live in, foraging, playing in the creek that runs across their park, sleeping in trees, being bears in their own private space away from humans. And they will soon be joined by another 3 bears (Jay, Maria and Kumala) who are presently in the training enclosure learning about the electric fence.

The new home of Oscar, Apang, Kecil and Arkana

The new home of Oscar, Apang, Kecil and Arkana

Apang and Kecil now

Apang and Kecil now

Arkana now

Arkana now

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Kecil now

Oscar and Arkana now

Oscar and Arkana now

 

The second enclosure of 0,7 Ha is about half finished, I hope to see it completed by June 1st. Then we’ll make the third enclosure of about the same size. These 2 enclosures will each hold 3 bears. Financially, Sun Bear Outreach is still missing about € 10 000 EUR to be able to finish the 3rd enclosure, so I’m hoping I can continue counting on your support.

In the name of the bears, thank you for making a donation.

Patrick Rouxel

 

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…

Back in France

I’m back in France since April 15th. I’m here to make a 52 min version of my latest film on sun bears, to search for funds and to work to earn some money so that I can go back…

Two bears without names

I spent last week in Tarakan, a small town North-East of Kalimantan, to help improve the welfare of 2 bears held by the Ministry of Forestry. The two sweet females have been living together in a metal cage of…