Every day, our staff cares for more than 500 sloth bears at our four sanctuaries across India. Prior to being rescued, these magnificent creatures were living lives of misery as part of the 'dancing bear' trade. But now, they have the freedom to be happy bears... to play, climb trees, or just snooze away the day.
They enjoy expansive enclosures filled with their best bear friends, trees and ponds, enrichment activities, and a healthy, delicious diet customized to their individual needs. Our veterinary staff is on site 24 hours a day, to provide immediate care for any bears in need.
Sponsor a Bear:
We hear from people all over the world that they are smitten by our rescued bears... there's just something about the bears' faces, and their individual characters, that makes them unforgettable. Now, for just $45/month, you can play a role in caring for a bear like Jambavant (read his story below).
We are committed to providing good lives for these bears for the rest of their days, but we need your help to give them the very best. By sponsoring a bear, you can help ensure that he or she can leave all their suffering in the past, and live a future full of peace and contentment.
As a sponsor, you'll receive a sponsorship e-package, with a photo of your bear and his or her biography. We'll also send you periodic updates on your bear, so that you can stay up to date on the good life that you've made possible.
After 8 long years spent as a 'dancing bear', Jambavant's owner decided he couldn't afford to feed him, so he was turned out into a field. Poor Jambavant was used to being led by a rope and controlled by a stick, and was completely bewildered and unable to fend for himself.
After hiding in the tall undergrowth for close to a month, sheer hunger drove him to a village hut where he smelled the familiar rotis (bread) baking... and he decided to help himself to the food. Nothing in his life as a dancing bear had prepared him for what followed. Alarmed villager women with brooms, men with sticks and harvesting scythes began to hit him and in the general bedlam a very frightened Jambavant ran almost 7 kilometers down the highway and into a large marshy patch and stayed there nursing his wounds. The Forest department was alerted “about this wild bear attack” and the rescue team of Wildlife SOS assisted them to rescue poor Jambavant.
Now safe in one of our sanctuaries, Jambavant's best friend is the juvenile bear Bholu. The two bears enjoy a good life with tasty food and a pond to play in and a large free ranging area to explore. Jambavant's past still clearly traumatizes him, but with Bholu's help he is learning to trust again.
For just $45/month, you can sponsor a bear like Jambavant today.