In 2019 we focused on completing all the enclosures (A to O on the map) at the Samboja Lestari Sanctuary in East Kalimantan Indonesia for the 67 sun bears who are in the care of the Borneo Orangutan Foundation (BOSF). We had been working on this project since October 2016 with the financial support from BOS Switzerland and from the donors of Sun Bear Outreach. We were very happy to have all the 15 enclosures ready by March 2020.
In early 2019, we collaborated with the Cikananga Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java to improve the wellbeing of their 3 sunbears. We proposed and financed the construction of platforms in the bears’ cages so that they could enjoy more of the available space. We hope to be able to do more for these bears in the future.
In September 2019, Sun Bear Outreach also started the construction of a new 1 hectare forest enclosure in Central Kalimantan Indonesia for 5 sun bears of the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI). This new enclosure was completed by February 2020 but because of the COVID pandemic, the bears have not yet been moved to their new home.
In 2019, Sun Bear Outreach equally collaborated with the Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) next to Yogjakarta in Java to help improve the wellbeing of its 2 sun bears. We paid for the building of a new cage so that the 2 sun bears (Bedu and Tegan) could be introduced to one another. They are now together, and although their living conditions are not the best, the 2 bears can at least now enjoy the company of one another. Later, we would like to make a large outdoor enclosure for them and also help WRC improve the facilities of all the other animals in its care.
2019 was a busy year with construction projects in 3 different sites in Indonesia and the unexpected arrival of 5 sun bears cubs at Samboja Lesatri. But it was a good year in the sense that we were able to built a total of 11 large forest enclosures for as many as 50 sun bears.
What we do is a drop of water in view of the global issue, but for each individual bear we help it means a lot.