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 the Care Centre of the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) in 2014, we built a 650 m2 enclosure for another two sun bears at OFI in 2015. We then moved on to help the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) improve its facilities for the 45 sun bears in its care at Samboja Lestari in East Kalimantan.
At Samboja Lestari, in 2015/2016, Sun Bear Outreach in collaboration BOSF, focused on building new bigger cages and renovating old ones for the 20 sun bears who were kept in small inadequate cages. For 2017 our present project, is to build several large forest enclosures for these same 20 bears.
The bears at Samboja Lestari are all adults who cannot go back to the wild because they are too habituated to humans and don’t have the skills to survive in the wild. But they don’t deserve to be locked up, on the contrary, they deserve the best possible captive life we can give them, which is to have access to some of their natural habitat and enjoy a social life with other bears.
the BOSF Sanctuary in Samboja Lestari. Patrick Rouxel, founder of Sun Bear Outreach, is on site as a long term volunteer, supervising the construction. With the financial support of BOS Switzerland and the funds raised through Sun Bear Outreach, we are now making a 2 hectare forest enclosure, a small training enclosure and a set of 3 holding dens.
The total budget for this first phase is 50 000 €. We hope to finish the work by February 2017 and begin the construction of a second large forest enclosure in March 2017. For the latest update check our NEWS/BLOG.