The Hà Nội Forest Protection Department and World Animal Protection (WAP) finished re-implanting microchips in 200 captive bears earlier this week in the capital city – which boasts the highest number of bile farms as well as captive bears in the country.
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.
Polar bear numbers could drop a third by mid-century, according to the first systematic assessment, released on Wednesday, of how dwindling Arctic sea ice affects the world's largest bear.