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Sun bear on tree. Shemyakina Tatiana/shutterstock.com

Sun bear on tree. Shemyakina Tatiana/shutterstock.com

Sun bears urgently need your help

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Please help save sun bears

Your gift could help train and equip a community warden

Your gift could provide a dedicated warden with the equipment they need to conduct life-saving patrols

Sun bears want nothing more than to spend their days in the peace of the lush Cambodian forest, snacking on fruit and relishing delicious honey. 

These bears are vitally important to the environment around them – creating nesting holes for birds and protecting trees from insect blights – but human-driven threats have led to a shocking population decline of more than 30% in 30 years.  

A snaring epidemic of extreme magnitude has taken over their forest home, reducing the stunning landscape to a treacherous labyrinth, where every step taken could be fatal.  

Please donate now to help us put an end to their cruel fate. Your support will allow us to clear the snares that threaten so much wildlife, and keep sun bears safe 

Why are sun bears endangered? 

These innocent creatures are plagued by the vicious threat of snares that litter the forest floor. These snares are often set for the other creatures that share their forest home, including deer and wild pigs, but they are indiscriminate and can be lethal to any creature unfortunate enough to stumble across them.  

Sun bears are also illegally hunted in order to harvest their gall bladders, which are used in the production of traditional medicines.  

Another threat to sun bears’ survival is habitat destruction – logging, mining and agriculture have wiped out huge swathes of the forest that sun bears rely on.  

This barrage of threats has left sun bears facing extinction unless urgent action is taken to reverse their fate.  

What is Fauna & Flora doing to save sun bears? 

There is a ray of hope for sun bears in the form of dedicated community wardens that regularly patrol the Cambodian forest.  

Fauna & Flora has been training and equipping these wardens with the skills and equipment they need to remove snares and stop the illegal activities that are rampant in the forest.  

It’s meticulous work – they have to painstakingly scrutinise the dense forest undergrowth to spot these death traps. But every day, thanks to them, we’re able to save sun bears and the other endangered creatures that fall victim to snares.  

But we must do more. 

Through your support, Fauna & Flora could train more wardens and supply them with essential equipment like boots and raincoats, so they can carry out this essential monitoring work. 

How could my donation help save sun bears? 

To secure a safe future for sun bears, we need to scale up our operations across their habitat by getting more wardens out into the field.  

These community wardens urgently need equipment including raincoats, boots, sleeping bags and rucksacks to allow them to carry out patrols and stay safe while spending days and nights in remote forests.  

It’s an extremely challenging job in harsh conditions, but the wardens are dedicated to their work – the least we can do is ensure they have the equipment they need.  

So please, don’t let them down. With your support, we could help keep sun bears safe. 

Camera trap image of a sun bear. © Fauna & Flora

Camera trap image of a sun bear. © Fauna & Flora

£95

could help pay for a GPS kit, allowing wardens to coordinate their patrols to the most vulnerable areas.

£68

could pay for a hammock, rucksack and camping gear for one warden, allowing them to sleep safely in dense forest.

£30

could pay for one pair of patrol boots, to replace those worn out by wardens through hour after hour of patrolling.

Fauna & Flora, crocodile wardens investigate crocodile nest. IPTC - Credit © Hem Manita / Fauna & Flora

£10

could help pay for protective clothing, helping wardens to carry out essential patrols in the area.

Why Fauna & Flora? 

Fauna & Flora was one the first international conservation organisations to lead survey work in Cambodia’s scientifically unexplored Cardamom Mountains back in the year 2000. 

In that time, we have discovered over 400 new species in the country and protected countless others from extinction. The expert teams of community wardens we support, along with our longstanding legacy of working in the region, make us the best people for the job. But your support makes all the difference.  

So please donate now, and be a part of the team that could save sun bears.