Donation amount: $20,000 (£15,000)
This donation from sales of Remembering Bears has gone to a very timely and critical polar bear project.
In Alaska, there is a growing risk of human-wildlife conflict with polar bears (largely due to climate change and less sea ice) and this is no better illustrated than in January 2023, when a polar bear tragically attacked and fatally mauled two people in Wales, Alaska.
The attack provoked understandable emotions in the community towards polar bears and therefore a renewed need for, and urgent interest in, deterrence training, tools, and patrols in Wales and two other Bering Strait communities: Little Diomede and Shishmaref.
WWF Alaska is collaborating with partners at US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska Nannut Co-Management Council to provide ongoing support to Wales and help Shishmaref and Diomede initiate new programmes.
Funding from Remembering Wildlife will enable the project to purchase equipment and facilitate polar bear deterrence training workshops for patrollers in Wales, Diomede, and Shishmaref, hopefully keeping the community safe and preventing retaliation against local polar bears in the area.
Donation amount: $20,000/£18,000
The first donation from Remembering Bears went to Animals Asia, founded by the author of the book’s afterword, Jill Robinson, who is widely recognised as the world’s leading authority on the cruel bear bile industry, having campaigned against it since 1993.
The donation is supporting a community outreach programme in Vietnam, called Herbal Heroes, which raises awareness about the plight of bears in the country by working to reduce demand for bear parts and build support for bear conservation.
Remembering Wildlife’s donation has funded a project in Phung Thuong Village in the north, where a disproportionate number of bear farms operate – about 140 bears across 33 households – just under half of all the remaining captive bears.
The outreach programme not only raises awareness of the cruelty of bear bile farming but also offers free traditional medicine clinics, conducted by Vietnam Traditional Medicine Association doctors who prescribe herbal alternatives to bear bile.
The free medicines provided in the clinics come from Herbal Alternative Gardens, which are established and tended locally.
Our funds will help establish four new gardens in 2023 and support the educational programme, covering the costs of materials and associated events to run the project.
Donation amount: $15,000
Since 2015, BSBCC has rehabilitated and released 11 rescued sun bears back into the wild, including the release of Montom in 2021 (pictured).
Remembering Wildlife’s donation will go towards the release of another captive sun bear, in February 2023.
The donation will cover the cost of all the drugs, the helicopter and a satellite collar to keep track of where the bear goes.
Remembering Wildlife will also be making a contribution towards the repair of chain-link fences around the conservation centre.
Donation amount: $15,000
This donation will enable long-term partner of Remembering Wildlife, The Wildlife Conservation Society, to support the development of an ecotourism operation in Bolivia with the aim of protecting Andean bears.
This iconic species is being protected through a partnership with private landowners at the Acero Marka valley in Bolivia, who are interested in developing ecotourism initiatives to strengthen their commitment to wildlife conservation.
WCS will support local landowner the Bohrt family develop a small, sustainable and green energy ecotourism venture named the Jucumari Lodge (Jucumari is a local Quechua word for the Andean bear).
Hopefully one day, this will be a place that supporters of Remembering Wildlife will be able to visit and see this beautiful bear species for themselves.
Donation amount: $18,000 (15,000)
Another donation from sales of Remembering Bears has gone to a project to protect sloth bears in in Gujarat state, western India.
The funds will support a multi-pronged approach to enhancing the functionality of ecological ‘sloth bear corridors’ and conservation of sloth bears through human-bear conflict mitigation actions.
These include planting trees to increase food availability in the corridor areas; creating water accumulation points within the forest area to reduce the tendency of bears to seek water in villages; designing, development and distribution of bear safety equipment to local villagers and a campaign to clean up the sloth bear habitat and keep bears away from eating human rubbish items dumped around the forest, which can choke them, be a carcinogenic risk, and lead to unnatural food-conditioning.
WCB Research Foundation says this donation will ‘boost our efforts to promote human-bear coexistence’.
Donation amount: $10,400
Remembering Bears is funding a project to help the Marsican brown bear in Italy’s Abruzzo National Park area.
About 50 Marsican brown bears live in the core area of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park (ALMNP) and Salviamo L’Orso works to mitigate risks to the bears, which include retaliation for occasionally killing livestock and also road traffic accidents.
Remembering Wildlife’s funds will pay for activity over the next five months as the bears wake from hibernation, for everything from chicken coups to help local people protect their livestock; compensation payments when chicken, sheep or lambs are killed by bears; as well as planting 250 apple and pear trees in the area, along with tools to prune and bring back to fruit local abandoned orchards where the bears can safely find food.
We’ll also be paying for a local education drive to help people in the area learn how to safely live alongside the bears and understand just how endangered and precious they are.
Donation amount: $6,000
The High Asia Habitat Fund’s mission is to protect High Asia’s critical ecosystems through conserving wildlife, restoring wild habitat, and empowering dependent communities toward conservation.
Remembering Wildlife’s donation will be put towards vital work by a bear expert to develop an education campaign for a local community in the Himalayas, encouraging them to use bear-proof methods to avoid bears breaking into houses and to encourage them to live alongside brown bears, not in conflict with them.