Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre
Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre was established in 2003 by Free The Bears Fund Inc., an Australian based non- profit organization. With a mission to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world. The fund currently has programs in
Asiatic black bears are a class I endangered species targeted by illegal hunters for use in the traditional medicine trade, restaurant trade (e.g. as bear paw soup) or as exotic pets. At Tat Kuang Si, near Luang Prabang, a forested sanctuary has been provided where bears rescued from the illegal wildlife trade are able to live out the rest of their lives, free from pain, suffering, fear and hunger. The bears usually arrive as very young cubs targeted by hunters after the mother has been killed because they are easy to transport and conceal at this age. They are often malnourished and frightened but with the devoted care of local keepers they are given a second chance at life in our beautiful forested sanctuary.
In addition to caring for victims of the illegal wildlife trade we work closely with the Lao authorities to help their efforts to protect wildlife through strengthening legislation and improving enforcement.
The centre has recently been expanded to provide a home for even more rescued bears and is developing a “conservation trail” to provide visitors with more information about conservation, wildlife and the environment. Education and raising awareness are vital to ensure the future of all wildlife in