Achievements

2010     Wildlife Law Enforcement meeting sponsored in Laos as part of ASEAN-WEN initiative

2009     “Raju” the last of India’s dancing bears is handed over, bringing the dancing bear trade to an end

Extension completed at Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre in Laos, trebling the area available for bears. Launched nationwide campaign against illegal wildlife trade as part of the Lao Wildlife Trade working group.

First group of nine bears arrive at the Mekong Delta Bear Sanctuary in Vietnam

2008     Bear Discovery Centre opened in Cambodia as numbers of bears at Phnom Tamao climbs above 100 for the first time

500th Dancing bear rescued in India

MOU signed with Wildlife At Risk and FPD-Kien Giang to commence construction of the Mekong Delta Bear Sanctuary

Cat Tien Bear Sanctuary opens as Vietnam’s biggest semi-natural area for rescued bears in Vietnam

2007     Bear Sign Survey training course held in Cambodia for protected area rangers and scientists

                Donated funds to Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand to build further sanctuaries for rescued sun bears and Asiatic black

                Donated funds to Gabriella Fredriksson to complete Sun bear education centre in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

2006     Free the Bears Fund opens Cambodian Wildlife Hospital at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre in Cambodia

                Donated funds to Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand to build a new sanctuary for rescued sun bears and Asiatic black bears

                Began negotiations with Wildlife at Risk to build a sanctuary for rescued bile farm bears in Vietnam

2005     First eco tours of Cambodia and Laos conducted in association with World Expeditions

                Donated funds to Gabriella Fredericksson for sun bear sanctuary in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

                100th ‘Dancing Bear’ rescued from the streets of India

2004     Donated funds to Wildlife Alliance’s Kouprey Express environmental education programme in Cambodia

                Donated funds to the Karuna Society in India to build an enclosure for Barney bear in Puttaparthi

2003     Began building a sanctuary in Luang Prabang, Laos for rescued Asiatic black bears

                Provided funding for Bang Per Wildlife Sanctuary rangers and equipment in Cambodia

2002     Joined in a partnership with Wildlife SOS and International Animal Rescue (IAR) to fund the Agra Bear Rescue Facility (ABRF) in India

                First rescued dancing bears entered the Agra Bear Rescue Facility on Christmas Day

2001     Donated funds to Professor Pazhetnov for his rescued Russian bear cub programme

2000     Extended facilities for adult male sun bears at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre in Cambodia

1999     Built a sanctuary for bears in the Lopburi Zoo, Thailand

                Built a nursery for orphaned bear cubs at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre in Cambodia

                Built an6000sq m sanctuary for Asiatic black bears at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre in Cambodia

1998     Three sun bears relocated from Cambodia to Perth Zoo, WA

                Finalist in the National Geographic ‘Blue Planet Heroes’ competition

                Donated funds to the Eakehei Project to survey numbers of the spectacled bear in Ecuador

1997     Three sun bears relocated from Cambodia to Taronga Park Zoo, NSW

                Established the first sun bear and Asiatic black bear sanctuary in the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre in Cambodia

                Donated funds to WSPA to complete their sanctuary for sun bears at Bang Lamung Rescue Centre, Thailand

1996     Donated funds to International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to assist in the construction of the Pan Yu sanctuary in China

1995     Free the Bears Fund Inc. founded by Mary Hutton