Moon bear Mara has grown up at our Vietnam sanctuary having arrived in 2007 as a cub. She knows all the best toys and where the best treats are hidden - and best of all, she has never known the horror of a bear bile farm.
In 2005, the numbers of bears Vietnamese bile farms was increasing. To close down farms, the bears needed a place to go - somewhere safe, somewhere with people to care for them. But no such place existed.
Animal rights luminary Zoe Weil writes exclusively for Animals Asia on how we can learn to have a more healthy relationship with the world around us for the benefit of all living beings and a brighter tomorrow.
When we last caught up with moon bear Bern, he was timidly taking his first steps on grass after a decade in a cage. But he’s come a long way since then. Wait till you see what he’s up to now.
Staff at Animals Asia’s Vietnam sanctuary said their farewells to moon bear Simon this week after the seriously ill bear’s condition failed to improve.
Every time a bear is rescued by Animals Asia we are making a commitment to caring for them for the rest of their lives.