More details about the project
The Bear Rescue project was established in 1995 and Pod Volunteer have been supporting them since 2007. They work with the Cambodian Forestry Administration to protect and rescue Sun Bears (Helarctos malayanus) and Moon Bears (Ursus thibetanus) from the threats they face. The centre is the world's largest sanctuary for sun bears. These threats include mass deforestation, the pet industry and the traditional medicine market - despite poaching and owning a bear as a pet being illegal in Cambodia. Unfortunately, bear bile being is a highly prized commodity in black market trade in South East Asia.
The bears at the centre come from a variety of backgrounds including:
The centre covers an area of approximately 7 hectares, with large rocky outcrops, native vegetation, bathing pools and night dens. Each enclosure includes enrichments such as climbing frames and hammocks. The large spacious enclosures provides the bears with a life as close as possible to that in the wild. The centre has a world-class Cub Nursery and Quarantine Area, using state of the art green design including solar power, water treatment, composting and gardens.
As part of its conservation efforts, the centre has focussed on teaching children from local schools about the importance of conservation and preservation of the species.
The assistance volunteers provides enables the project to strive towards its primary aims to: