The immediate objective for 2020 is to pursue the transfer of the adult sun bears of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) into the new forest enclosures that we have built at the Samboja Lestari rescue centre. Unfortunately, BOSF has received many new sun bears in the last few months and is already facing the problem of over-capacity despite all the new enclosures. There are presently 72 sun bears in the care of BOSF for a capacity of 68! So it looks like we are going to have to build new enclosures this year….
There are now 9 sun bear cubs at BOSF Samboja Lestari, and I had hoped we could potentially release some of them back to the wild, but the situation is not looking good with the present COVID-19 issue. The refuge is locked down, and as I am writing on March 20th 2020, all release plans are suspended. Indonesia is just beginning to get hit by the virus and things will probably get much worse in the weeks and months to come.
Another objective for 2020 is to help the Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, improve the facilities of the 150 animals in its care. This is a big job that will probably take several years. We’ve started in 2019 by building a new cage to allow the 2 sun bears Bedu and Tegan to be together, but a lot more needs to be done. A young Dutch volunteer is presently at the refuge to help care for the animals and begin fixing things up, but the main problem right now for WRC is being able to pay for its running costs.
Most animal sanctuaries like WRC rely greatly on funds from volunteers and visitors to cover their running costs and are facing dire financial difficulties with the new COVID-19 situation. Please help us help them. Thank you for your support.
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