World Animal Day Grant Update
As you may know, Naturewatch Foundation has committed to fund the building of two forest rehabilitation enclosures for sun bears in Sumatra, Indonesia.
If you’ve not yet made a donation to this project and think you might like to, please find out more.
Unfortunately, the commencement of building work has been delayed due to the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), the organisation we are partnering with for this project, being involved with helping animals caught up in the Mount Agung volcano emergency in Bali.
Increased volcanic activity since September has led to approximately 100,000 people being evacuated from villages within a 10 kilometre radius of Mount Agung. Unfortunately, some pets and all livestock have been left behind, and many stray animals are also in danger. The JAAN team, with the help of volunteers in Bali, has been helping to evacuate animals, build temporary shelters for livestock away from the danger zone, and feed the abandoned animals with donated food.
While this has been happening, plans for the forest rehabilitation enclosures have been finalised and approved, and building will now commence at the beginning of 2018.
Femke and her dedicated team at the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) are extremely grateful to everyone who donates to help make this desperately needed facility a reality.
JAAN has been working closely with the Indonesian authorities for many years to arrest and prosecute bear traders and poachers, but for sun bear cubs the outcome has been far from ideal with very few being released back to the wild.
The new rehabilitation facility will enable the collaboration between JAAN and the authorities to be taken to the next level. Teams will work 24hrs a day and do their very best to ensure that not one sun bear leaves its homeland of Sumatra.
All confiscated cubs will be taken immediately to the new facility, just a few miles from the harbour, where they will be given a thorough health check. The length of time the cubs spend in the forest enclosures will depend upon their age, but they will be released back to the wild as soon as they are old enough to take care of themselves.
We are all very excited about this project and look forward to bringing you stories about some of the sun bear cubs that are rescued.