The Việt Nam Administration of Agriculture on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AnimalsAsia on building plans to better protect bears.
Rescued bears in Việt Nam will have more living space with the inauguration of two houses with two semi-natural enclosures at Tam Đảo National Park bear reserve in the northern province of Vĩnh Phúc.
The country’s wild bear population has declined sharply over the past 20 years, according to recent surveys carried out in 22 protected areas.
The illegal market for bears and bear parts is still strong in Việt Nam despite the introduction of legislation to ban their sale in 2006.
Experts from Animals Asia’s Việt Nam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Đảo National Park successfully rescued four Asian black bears from two farms in the province.