“Grizzly Bear in Alaska” by Princess-Lodges (Creative Commons Licence)


Only by changing human attitudes to bears and to the habitats in which they live can be begin to address the threats they face.  Information is the key; below are ideas on some simple steps you can take to become an advocate for bears.

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Kharkov 2008
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Captive bears

Thousands of bears are kept in appalling, outdated zoos which are cruel prisons.  They are also exploited in roadside shows, circuses, bile farms, dancing bear acts and bear-baiting dogfights.

Polar bears in zoos

We want to end the breeding of polar bears in captivity and to improve the lives and living conditions of the over 300 polar bear in zoos and aquariums around the world. 

West Virginia DNR
DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University


Bears are poached for “sport”, for their pelts and body parts, or because they are seen as a nuisance. Live bears are poached for bear bile farming and for use in bear shows and or as pets.



We monitor legal and illegal bear hunts throughout the world.  You can access the data already gathered, learn how we use it and how you can become a volunteer to help us collect it.

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Brown Bear Photography Tour Autumn-5
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Performing bears

Circuses and bear shows are cruel, and without exception the conditions the captive animals are held in are appalling.  Help us to bring an end to the use of bears for so-called “entertainment”.


The Bear Conservation Fund (BCF) focuses on countries and bear populations where the conservation need is greatest and supports local communities, networking with scientists and managers. 

We support a number of other trusted organisations’ campaigns for bears – click on the links below to find out more

Free the Bears has helped rescued over 950 bears from the world’s most vulnerable bear species (sun bears, moon bears and sloth bears) and we provide ongoing care to hundreds of rescued sun bears and moon bears at the sanctuaries we operate in three countries

Humane Society International works around the globe to promote the human-animal bond, rescue and protect dogs and cats, improve farm animal welfare, protect wildlife, promote animal-free testing and research, respond to natural disasters and confront cruelty to animals in all of its forms.

The International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) supports the scientific management of bears through research and distribution of information. The IBA sponsors international conferences on all aspects of bear biology, ecology and management.

Dancing bears, circus bears and other bears in private captivity suffer greatly. FOUR PAWS has four sanctuaries, in which several bears have found a home for life. They have founded and run sanctuaries in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany and Ukraine.

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, which runs a number of campaigns relating to bears. Born Free takes action worldwide to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild.

Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. They work to end the barbaric bear bile trade.

Working cooperatively with landowners, local communities, and state and federal agencies to permanently protect crucial lands for the benefit of grizzly bears and other wide-ranging wildlife.

Working to protect sloth and moon bears in India from poaching, illegal capture and exploitation, Wildlife SOS India run five bear rescue centres and facilities.

Working around the world to protect animals and help people to see how important animals are to everyone. Campaign on a variety of issues relating to bears.

Page updated 20 February 2021