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Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

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Category: Help a species: Bears

  1. Don't miss it! #Bears About the House is on again on 22 July 2020!

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    Bears About the House is on BBC2 again on Wednesday 22 July 2020.

    Last week, we heard about Mary, a sun bear who was rescued by bear charity Free the Bears, and Giles Clark.  She was tiny, malnourished and close to death and she needed 24 hour care.


    Free the Bears is on BBC2 on 15 and 22 July

    Visit Free the Bears here.
    Please donate if you can and spread the word.
    Thank you!

    Bears About the House is on BBC2 is on July 15 and 22 at 8pm!  Don’t miss it!  There are record bear rescues, the first release of rehabilitated wildlife, many sanctuary developments and some devastating losses.  

    On 22nd July, Giles and his team head out to rescue David and Jane.  They are two five month old terrified moon bear cubs who were taken from the wild.  They go home with Giles Clark to have the 24/7 care.  

    There’s more news on Mary as she graduates from the nursery into her permanent home, taking a confident and determined approach with her. 

    And there’s devastating news as the team comes to terms with a break in and a theft.  

    The quarantine building is finished and the sanctuary is able to receive bears from bear bile farms in Laos, which the government there has committed to closing once they have somewhere that the rescued bears can go.

    Don’t miss it – and if you can make a donation, please donate.

    If you’re outside the UK, the series will reach you later this year, and meantime, lots of never before seen clips of Mary will be on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

    Filming wasn’t easy, as BBC Earth shows….

    Visit Free the Bears here.

    Donate to Free the Bears here

    The charity is registered in Australia and in the UK.  There are a number of ways to help – just visit the website – including becoming a bear carer, sponsoring a bear, giving a gift to the bears, and a gift to bear lovers (humans) and of course donating.  



  2. Adopt Max the Brown Bear from International Animal Rescue

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    Adopt Max the Bear!

    International Animal Rescue have just launched their first brown bear adoption.

    Wild bears are caught illegally every year – or they are trapped by poachers and they end up in small cages in restaurants and other venues across Armenia for so called public entertainment.

    The bears are mentally and physically damaged by this existence – they are bored and frustrated; they have hardly any space to move around in.  Their food is unsuitable and insufficient; and they have no enrichment to amuse them.  They have no dignity and certainly no freedom.

    Enter International Animal Rescue.  They launched a campaign in October 2017 alongside their Armenian partners to help save the suffering bears of Armenia and make a difference to bears who’ve been rescued.  

    The bear centre rescue is run by their partners FPWC and it’s situated high in the mountains of Armenia.  The bears have the very highest standards of care, there – they have enrichment activities and can spend their days splashing about in pools and tucking into their favourite treats.  Of course, they want to return as many bears as they can to the wild – but sometimes that isn’t just possible and in those cases, they look after the bears for life.

     International Animal Rescue rescued Max in 2018.  He’s been locked up for 14 years – can you imagine?  He was in a tiny cage at a bus depot with his companion Minnie.

    Normally, International Animal Rescue rescue Syrian brown bears, found in the wild in Armenia.

    Max however is a male Siberian brown bear.  He’s half a ton in weight, so he’s the biggest bear International Animal Rescue have seen.

    Max will never be able to go back into the wild.  He’s had too many years in captivity and he’s a non-native species of bear in Armenia.

    But International Animal Rescue have committed to look after Max and ensure his days are full of treats, love and naps!

    You can help Max (and his friends) by adopting him to support his ongoing care from 14p a day.

    Adopt Max the Bear

    Your adoption will help in several ways:

    • Pay for the lifetime care of Max and other bears like him
    • Provide veterinary care to nurse bears back to health
    • Maintain a peaceful and safe environment for the bears at our sanctuary
    • Reintroduce bears back to the wild where possible

    Visit International Animal rescue here to adopt Max today, and be a part of the effort to care for these bears!

    Adopt Max today 


  3. For all you bear lovers... 21 July 2020

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    Do you love bears?

    And more accurately, do you love spectacled bears? 

    Then you may want to head off to You Tube on Tuesday 21 July to for a live talk with the Natural History Museum, London.

    Find out how the Andes are inhabitated by the only surviving native bear species in South America - the spectacled bear.  Like so many species, it is under threat from habitat loss.

    Find out about the efforts of the Natural History Museum scientists are protecting this animal and its home in Colombia - and how the Museum's collections can help. 

    This is an on-line event and it's free, though you can donate to the Natural History Museum. 


  4. It's Arctic Sea Ice Day with Polar Bears International

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    Find out more about Arctic Sea Ice Day with Polar Bears International Find out more about Arctic Sea Ice Day with Polar Bears International
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    The 15th July is Arctic Sea Ice Day.

    Polar Bears International want to draw attention to the critical role that the Arctic and its ice plays in our climate, not just for polar bears but for us.

    The problem is that the sea ice – which acts as an air conditioner, cooling the planet – is melting.  So Arctic Sea Ice Day is a chance to find out more and why this matters.

    Plus you can join in:

    Celebrating Sea Ice Day

    July 15th at 11 a.m. Central Time
    Join experts on sea ice and polar bears to learn all about the Arctic ecosystem, the current state of Arctic sea ice, and why it is important for polar bears and people around the world. 

    Why Beluga Whales Need Sea Ice 

    July 15th at 4 p.m. Central Time
    Why would a whale, a mammal that needs access to the surface of the ocean to breathe, live where the ocean is covered in sea ice most of the year? Learn about why belugas need sea ice and join us to celebrate the launch of the Beluga Cam




  5. Help Animals Asia rescue three bears on a bile farm - #ThreeBearsRescue

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    Animals Asia have had an urgent call about three bears in terrible trouble on a bile farm.

    They were alerted 2 weeks ago – and they dropped everything, to get ready to rescue as fast as possible.  But travel restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus meant it was not possible (or safe) to go ahead. 

    Travel restrictions have been lifted now.  The team is ready to go and rescue the three bears.  But Animals Asia need help to do it.  These bears will have bellies to fill, there'll be essential medicines to buy and months of high costs, thanks to the coronavirus. 

    Help Animals Asia rescue these three bears from a bile farm

    The bears were found trapped in tiny metal cages, side by side.  There’s limited information about them but Animals Asia say they can be almost certain that they will have serious health issues and will need special, on-going care and treatment for the rest of their lives – which could be 15 years or more.

    They are asking people to become monthly donors, to help set up these bears on the road to recovery and beyond.

    Will you help the three bears?

    Find out more here.

    Visit Animals Asia’s website here.