Volunteering with bears is a brilliant way to help rescue the polar bear, black bear, grizzly bear, panda bear, and others in need of care. There are a number of volunteer programs focused on the health and conservation of bears around the world. Bear rescue projects are found in a huge range of places, including Asia, North America, and Europe.
Bears are often hunted for their meat and fur, and poached for parts of their bodies used in traditional Asian medicines. They are also kept as pets and performing animals in poor conditions. Bears have also suffered habitat loss due to climate change, pollution, oil development, and deforestation. All of this has resulted in six out of eight bear species now being listed as endangered or in severe decline.
To volunteer with bears abroad you must have a passion and interest in different species of bear, and want to work closely with non-domestic captive animals. If that sounds like you, check out the options on this page.