Our Bears

Meet some of our rescued animals! Currently, BEAR SANCTURARY Ninh Binh provides a home to over 40 Asiatic black bears. These animals were rescued from poor conditions such as private keeping and former bile bears farms in Vietnam.

Mochi, Nara and Nikko

Mochi, Nara and Nikko


A tiny bear cub was rescued in May 2020 after being illegally offered for sale by wildlife traders on the border with Laos. She was called Mochi. Just a few months later, two more cubs were rescued from illegal trafficking, so Mochi was joined by Nikko and Nara! 

Bears La, Lam, Sang, Dua, Khe, Oi and Xoai

Bears La, Lam, Sang, Dua, Khe, Oi and Xoai


In November 2020, seven Asiatic black bears that were kept in terrible conditions in tiny cages, fed a very poor diet and without access to fresh water and veterinary care were rescued and brought to BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh.
 

Cuc and Nhai

Cuc and Nhai


Before they were rescued in May 2020, Cuc and Nhai spent 18 years behind bars, since cubs, in a small rusty cages in a private backyard. The owner of the bears voluntarily gave up the care of the bears after being asked by the authorities.

Mi and Tam

Mi and Tam


Vietnamese authorities confiscated two bears in the Hai Phong province in January 2019. The female cubs, only a few weeks old, fell victim to wildlife smugglers. The cubs were brought to BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh to receive intensive medical care and a forever home.

Thu

Thu


Rescued in October 2020, Thu lived over 15 years in a tiny cage and used for bile extraction. The cage was only 1x1 meter, dirty, and rusty. Luckily the owner could be convinced by our local cooperation partner to hand her voluntarily to us.

Freddie

Freddie


Freddie was found sedated and squeezed into a terribly small cage in the back seat of a taxi in December 2019. The Vietnamese authorities reacted quickly and confiscated the bear, before he made the journey to BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh.

Thai Van and Thai Giang

Thai Van and Thai Giang 


Thai Giang and Thai Van were rescued in November 2017 from Ninh Binh province. They were the first bears to be rescue by FOUR PAWS in Vietnam alongside bear Nhi Nho, who has since passed away. Before their rescue, they were kept in small cages in a backyard.

Misa

Misa


Misa was kept as a pet in a cage in the backyard of a family in Ho Chi Minh City. She was rescued in January 2018 and was the 4th resident bear at the Sanctuary. Misa has been paired up with Binh Yen, another female bear, since 2018.

Binh Yen 

Binh Yen


In April 2018, Binh Yen was rescued alongside May - marking the end of bear bile farming in Ninh Binh Province. Although she was extremely overweight, she has a calm nature and now lives peacefully with bear Misa.

May

May


In April 2018, May was rescued alongside Binh Yen from the last bile bears on farms in Ninh Binh Province - and their rescue marked  the end of bear bile farming in Ninh Binh Province. The bears did not get along with each other so now live in different groups at the sanctuary.

Lulu, Lili and Lac

Lulu, Lili and Lac


The 3 Asiatic black bear cubs were illegally detained in Nghe An Province in 2019. Following a difficult rescue mission, they were brought to BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh where they now live peacefully.

Ben

Ben


Since Ben was a little cub, he was looking at the two concrete walls surrounding his cold and iron cage for almost 30 long years. After a 200 km journey across Vietnam, in December 2019, bear Ben began his new life at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh.

Our Work for Bears

Around the globe, bears are still kept in appalling conditions. Their owners often use them for profit. Whether for bile extraction, training hunting dogs or as tourist attractions – hundreds of bears are exploited and tortured to make money.

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