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Clear Snares, Save Sun Bears

Please donate whatever you’re able to buy crucial snare-clearing equipment.

Snares are rapidly building up throughout the sun bear’s forest home and – unless we keep them in check – it could spell disaster. Without action, we could soon be facing a world where these marvellous and ecologically essential animals are lost forever.

But the rangers we support won’t let that happen. If warden leaders have the funding to pay their community patrol teams, and those teams have the equipment to patrol through thick jungle, they can stop sun bears from falling prey to these brutal traps.

They need your help to do that. Please donate now and get the patrols on the move.

It could save a sun bear’s life and the health of the entire forest area that the sun bear sustains.

Help save Cambodia's wildlife from deadly snares

One game-changing gift of £980
could pay for a patrol motorcycle, allowing teams to rapidly reach any site of imminent human wildlife conflict - where minutes can be the difference in saving an animal's life
A restricted gift of £95
could help pay for a GPS kit, allowing wardens to coordinate their patrols to the most vulnerable areas
Every penny of your £68
could pay for a hammock, rucksack and camping gear for one warden, allowing them to sleep safely in dense forest
A donation of £30
could pay for one pair of patrol boots, to replace those worn out by wardens through hour after hour of patrol

What is a sun bear?

Sun bears are the smallest bears on the planet. Enigmatic and endearing, they spend their time clambering around Southeast Asia’s jungles, searching for insects, eating honey and digging holes.

In doing so, they play a pivotal role in many tropical forests – they create nesting holes for birds, aerate soils for saplings and protect trees from insect blights. They’ve gained their name from the golden patch on their chest, said to resemble the rising sun.

But their population is plummeting.

These wonderful animals want little more than to be left alone. Unless they’re feeling threatened, they keep themselves to themselves and avoid conflict with humans – hiding away in the wild to look for insects and honey.

Their homes are being ripped to shreds; they’re stumbling into human communities, causing devastation for bear and human alike; they are being slaughtered at scale to feed a social-climbing bushmeat fad; and their populations are being ripped apart by indiscriminate snaring.

Our rangers need to stop that happening, and need your donations to help do so.

Who are FFI?

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s oldest international conservation charity. Over the last 100 years, we have been on almost every frontline of conservation and literally saved species from extinction. We work to protect plants and animals around the globe – never wasting enormous sums of money on excessive publicity or silly gimmicks – instead spending 94% of our income on charitable activities.

If you value the natural world – if you think it should be protected for its own sake as well as humanity’s – then please support Fauna & Flora International.
Sir David Attenborough OM FRS Vice-president and FFI member since 1959