Free The Bears UK

Free The Bears UK

Charity information

Free The Bears UK

Free the Bears works to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world.

Founded 2010

  • Mission statement

    Free the Bears is a non-profit organisation with offices in the UK and Australia in support of active field programmes in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. With each country having a unique set of issues to overcome, we employ a diverse range of strategies, including environmental education, applied conservation research and strengthened law enforcement in pursuit of our mission to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world. Our flagship programme activity is the creation and continued support of sanctuaries where bears, rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, are able to live out the remainder of their lives in peace. Working with our partners, so far almost 1,000 bears have been rescued and given safe sanctuary since 1995.

  • Aims

    Free The Bears UK aims to:

    • Developing world-class bear sanctuaries; government owned, managed to the highest level of welfare and striving towards long-term sustainability
    • Developing alternative sustainable livelihood programmes for the community to prevent poor families from exploiting bears for profit
    • Strengthening wildlife law enforcement efforts through advocacy and training
    • Protecting wild bear populations through community-led efforts and increased understanding of wild bear populations
    • Building the capacity of local partners and staff including government authorities, veterinarians, researchers, school-teachers, and animal care staff
  • Overview

    Established: April 2010

    Registered Charity Number: 1135682

    Board members: 4

    Full time staff: 70

    Part time staff: 10

    Volunteers: 200

    Phone number: 07785 552856

    Address: PO Box 6395, Basildon, Essex SS140NY

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