In 2008, Wildlife SOS created a third bear rescue centre in central India as more families began surrendering their bears – the Van Vihar Bear Rescue Facility. With hundreds of dancing bears taken off the streets in a short time, a new unit was the need of the moment. 

VVBRF was created in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department in the Van Vihar National Park, Bhopal; it is now home to approx. 25 sloth bears. These bears were rescued/handed over by their masters, Kalandars, after months of intensive work with the community or handed over by the Forest Department for lifetime care and treatment.

The rescued animals suffer from health problems such as tumors and tuberculosis; problems of malnutrition and dehydration; cataracts and opacity of vision; muzzle injuries, maggot wounds and ulcerations in the mouth; with severely broken teeth.

Wildlife SOS works in partnership with International Animal Rescue in the UK, One Voice France & Humane Society Australia to help these bears.


Wildlife SOS Van Vihar Bear Rescue Facility, Van Vihar National Park, Shymala Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462002


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