THIS YEAR’S ONGOING PROJECTS
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 66 sun bears who are in the care of the Borneo Orangutan Foundation (BOSF). We have been working on this project since October 2016 and aim at having all the 15 enclosures completed by the end of the year. On this date of 17 December 2019, 14 enclosures are done, 9 of which are occupied by sun bears.
In early 2019, we collaborated with the Cikananga Wildlife Rescue Centre in Java to imrpove 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). Construction of this new enclosure is going well and we hope to have it finished by February 2020.
This year, Sun Bear Outreach also 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, in 2020 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.
Between September 2019 and December 2019, 5 sun bear cubs from age 3 weeks to 7 months old were brought to the Samboja Lestari rescue centre of BOSF. Pampy, Khala, Madu, Chiko and the New Baby (who doesn’t have a name yet) are all orphans who have been robbed of their mothers and their life in the rainforest. As we deal with immediate caring for them as best we can thanks to the help of volunteers, we are also discussing with BOSF the possibility of reintroducing these cubs back to the wild, to give them a second chance to live the life that they were meant to have.
Patrick Rouxel, founder of Sun Bear Outreach, is on site in Indonesia working full time to supervise the care of the new cubs, the construction and maintenance of the enclosures, and the transfer of the bears into the enclosures. Patrick equally controls the funds of Sun Bear Outreach to make sure that every dollar is spent wisely.
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.
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