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BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh 

A peaceful oasis for former bile bears

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh is home to six former bile bears: Nhi Nho (formally known as Hai Chan), Thai Van, Thai Giang, Misa, Binh Yen and May. In January of 2019, the sanctuary also became home to two baby Asiatic bear cubs Mi and Tam, both of whom were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.

Before being introduced to outdoor enclosures, each of the bears recovers in quarantine and are then brought to bear houses. After this adjustment period, each rescued bile bear is then released into the beautiful outdoors of the sanctuary. 

For the two bear cubs, Mi and Tam, their situation and recovery is much different. They receive round- the- clock care from our veterinary experts, which includes feedings once every three hours! For these baby bears, our goal is to help the bears become healthy before they are old enough to be introduced to an enclosure of their own. 

The first construction phase of BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh started in December 2016. Till now, the sanctuary has four spacious outdoor enclosures for 10 to 14 animals each, two bear houses with interior rooms, a quarantine station, a veterinary unit, a feeding kitchen and an administrative building.

Currently, BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh now offers suitable living conditions for up to 44 bears. With your help, we hope to expand this to 100 bears in 2020. 

Further bile bear rescue missions are being planned. Make sure to follow our social media channels and subscribe to our e-mail newsletter for important updates.

Situation in Vietnam

Even though the production of bear bile and the trade of bear products is forbidden by law in Vietnam, bear bile farming and illegal bile extraction still exists.

The Vietnamese government has taken firm legislative steps to end bear farming in Vietnam, however, there are still approximately 800 so-called “bile bears” – mainly Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus) – living under poor conditions on more than 250 bear farms. These animals suffer in tiny metal cages, spending their days in a vegetated state, half-starved and dehydrated.

With the newly built BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh, FOUR PAWS aims to contribute significantly to end bear farming in Vietnam.

The sanctuary supports the Vietnamese government's efforts to prohibit bile bear farming by providing a place for any confiscated, or voluntarily handed over, bears to be taken in and cared for appropriately.

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