IMPROVING THE WELFARE OF CAPTIVE SUN BEARS

Apang before (alone in a 1 m2 cage)

Apang before (alone in a 1 m2 cage)

Apang after (with Kumala in 6000 m2)

Apang after (with Kumala in 6000 m2)

Most captive sun bears in Indonesia are adult bears who cannot go back to the wild because they are too habituated to humans and because they don’t have the skills to survive in the wild. Many of these sun bears are kept in cages because the organisations caring for them do not have the means or the initiative to provide them with better living conditions. Since 2014, Sun Bear Outreach has been collaborating with these organizations to improve the wellbeing of their sun bears by building them large forest enclosures.

Kecil before (alone in 1,25 m2)

Kecil before (alone in a 1 m2 cage)

Kecil after (with 5 other bears in 16500 m2)

Kecil after (with 5 other bears in 16500 m2)

Sun bears are very active animals genetically made to cover large distances, to climb trees, to forage, to dig, to play and fight. They sleep no more than 6 to 8 hours a day and have a lot of energy to spend. They are solitary in the wild but if they are friends with another bear they love to play. When a sun bear is locked up alone in a cage and deprived of everything, his (or her) frustration is immense. It is a daily torture for a sun bear to be locked up in a small space without anything to do.

Petung before (alone in 4 m2)

Petung before (alone in a 4 m2 cage)

Petung after (with a female bear in 6700 m2)

Petung after (with Windi in 6700 m2)

Sun bears who cannot go back to the wild deserve the best possible captive life we can give them, which is to have access to some of their natural habitat in large outdoor enclosures, to enjoy a social life with other bears and to receive a balanced diet. Since 2014, Sun Bear Outreach has been collaborating with the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) and with the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) to build large forest enclosures and to better care for their sun bears. By the end of 2019, we will have built 4 forest enclosures at OFI and another 16 enclosures at BOSF, thus making life significantly better for about 80 sun bears in total.

Jojo before (alone in a 1 m2 cage)

Jojo after (with 3 females in 9500 m2)

Jojo after (with 3 females in 9500 m2)

 

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