For 2022, our main goal is build a large forest enclosure for the sun bears at the Samboja Lestari sanctuary of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) in Indonesia, which we were not able to build in 2021. But as I write these words on January 10th 2022, I must say that I have no guarantee that I will be able to do so this year. Since August 2020, I’ve been accompanying my mother in her “end of life” and I’m now caring for her 24/7 as she is totally dependent and extremely vulnerable. I will probably stay by her side until the end and only then return to Indonesia to pursue the projects of Sun Bear Outreach.

Another objective for 2022 is to help the Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) of Jogjakarta build new facilities for its animals once it has secured the land where it will be able to create a new rescue centre. This is something we should be able to do despite my being in France, but we must first wait for WRC to acquire the land.

To all those who have made donations to Sun Bear Outreach in 2020 and 2021, please accept my apologies for not having yet put your funds to good use. But the funds are safe and I promise you that they will eventually go to the bears. Unfortunately, I can’t be both in France and in Indonesia, and however much I want to continue improving the welfare of the sun bears, I feel an obligation to care for the wellbeing of my mother first. Thank you for your understanding.

Patrick Rouxel