Bear Conservation

Bears come in many different shapes and sizes, from the brown bears of the Romanian Bear Sanctuary through to the affable panda bears of the Panda Volunteer Experience in China. One thing they all have in common is that they are all coming under increasing pressure from human interference. Deforestation is one major issue, as well as human encroachment and hunting, and it is for these reasons as to why bear conservation projects are so important.

Since its conception in 2005, the Romanian Bear Sanctuary has grown to become the country's epicentre for the care of European Brown Bears. It has rescued over 70 bears, and the number is always increasing. This type of bear conservation allows you to get up close with bears on a daily basis and help to educate tourists on the importance of bear conservation. A chance like this to work with bears and become a bear conservation volunteer in the process does not come around too often, so why not find out more today!

The Panda Volunteer Experience in China is home to China's largest panda conservation reserve and the aim of the centre is to help educate volunteers about the plight of the panda. Since this panda sanctuary's inception, numbers in the area have doubled and a lot has been learned about these mysterious creatures in the process. Giant Pandas need our help, so why not take a look and volunteer with them on this once in a lifetime project?

Here at The Great Projects we feel passionately about giving you the chance to aid in bear conservation efforts, be that volunteering with pandas in China or the brown bears of Romania, and we want you to help create a future for these incredible animals in this ever changing world.

bears at a glance

Least Concern/Vulnerable
Across Europe, Asia, and North America

How endangered are bears

The European brown bears are noted as of least concern by the IUCN. With over 200,000 remaining in the wild, the bear population is still strong and healthy. However, if their habitat continues to be destroyed at such a rapid rate then they will begin to suffer.

The Bornean sun bears on the other hand are classed as vulnerable, which means a sudden change in their numbers could affect their population much more drastically. The world’s smallest species of bear needs the biggest amount of help you can give!

Like their Bornean cousins, the Giant Pandas are also classed as vulnerable after being removed from the endangered list in 2016. This iconic animal may be on the road to recovery, but without continued conservation efforts this could change. By taking the chance to work with pandas, you will be aiding their chances of survival.

Threats bears are facing

Bears are facing two big and overwhelming threats to their populations. They are:

  • Habitat Destruction – In the pursuit of wood, oil, and plantation sites, humans are cutting down the forested areas in which bears live at an alarming rate. Huge swathes of forest are cut down every day, so much so that brown bears are now only found in 2% of their former range.
  • Hunting – Bear gall bladders are in high demand in the Asian aphrodisiac market, and although there is no evidence that these parts have medicinal value, the desire to have them continues to grow.

Working with bears in their natural habitats and homes is one of the best ways to help make a difference and prevent these threats from getting any worse, so please remember that you can make a difference!

Fast Facts
  • Giant pandas can eat up to an impressive 20kg of bamboo per day, and the reason they have to eat so much of this grass is because it has almost no nutritional value!
  • Some species of bear, including the sun bear, will make their nests up in the trees!
  • A bears sense of smell is better than a dogs and probably any other mammal!

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