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Volunteer with bears - help with conservation projects to conserve and care for bear

Volunteer with bears in Romania in a sanctuary for bears
Volunteer with bears in Romania  

There are several species of bear from the sun bear in South East Asia to the polar bear in the Arctic

If you want to help conservation projects around the world by volunteering with bears, then you could take a look at volunteering in Romania or Cambodia.  

Head to Borneo to help Sun Bears

Head to Borneo to help Sun Bears! 
The centre works to return bears to the wild but if this is not possible, the bears wll stay at the centre.  You'll work with the researchers and biologist and learn what is needed to rehabilitate captive sunbears to return them to the wild.  Help with den cleaning, food preparation and feeding, checking and maintaining the facilities;  and create enrichment programme and tools for the sunbears.  There's office work to do and you may also get invovled in helping in the outdoor education garllery as the interpreter, helping with tours for school groups or pre-arranged groups.   

The Malayan Sun Bear  lives in the tropical forests of South East Asia.  Sun bears face two challenges:  firstly, their habitat is being destroyed and secondly, the sun bears themselves are being poached for body parts and for keeping as a pet.  It is classified as vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN.   

Other opportunities to volunteer with bears can be viewed on these websites:

Animals Asia help rescue bears in China & Vietnam.  The Hong Kong based charity is well known for its campaign to end bear bile farming.  Across Asia, thousands of bears live on bear farms.  Their bile is extracted & used in traditional medicine.  Bears are confined in cages ranging from tiny "crush" cages to larger pens, and their physical & mental suffeirng is immense.  Find out about the work Animals Asia does and their news to end bear bile farming here  Since 1995 Free the Bears Fund has supported projects around the world, from the rehabilitation of orphaned bear cubs in the Russian Far East to surveying wild Spectacled bears in Ecuador. They now focus more on the Sun bears and Asiatic black bears of South-east Asia and the Sloth bears of India. There are voluntary opportunities in Asia. 

The North American Bear Center aims "to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing  misconceptions with scientific facts about bears, their role in  ecosystems, and their relations with humans needs bear educators". They have on-site and virtual volunteer opportunities, and welcome help either on a regular schedule or on periodic projects

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary operated by the American Bear Association in Orr, Minnesota, is home to 50 bears and the centre is always on the lookout for  enthusiastic, reliable and hardworking volunteers to keep its  operation running smoothly.

REACT raises awareness of the sun bear locally, maintains wild populations in protected areas, plants forest corridors to help the bears move around fragmented forest patches, & supports research. You can help REACT by donating to these efforts to help the sun bear.

Some rescued sun bears are put in centres with orangutans so look out for rescue centres which care for both orangutans & (sun) bears.

Polar Bears International has both research and education programmes to help polar bears.  Don't forget the 27 February is International Polar Bear Day - there will be lots of ways you can help these wonderful animals such as taking part in the Thermostat Challenge & the Save our Seas Ice campaign.