The Centre for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation, or CBRC, helps orphaned bear cubs successfully transition back into the wild.
In northeastern India, poachers kill Asiatic black bears, leaving their cubs lost, lonely, and without protection. These orphaned cubs have little hope of making it on their own.
Without their mothers to guide them, many orphaned bear cubs never learn how to fend for themselves in the wild. Some die alone in the wilderness. Others are captured as pets or confined in zoos. Captivity or death—for an orphaned cub, those are the options. That is, until CBRC was created.
In 2003, IFAW and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), with support from the Arunachal Forest Department and Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Government of India, established the CBRC to give orphaned Asiatic black bear cubs a second chance.
We raise them by hand and take them on daily walks in the wilderness. We employ professional keepers to help reintegrate orphaned bear cubs into their natural habitat, patiently teaching cubs all the skills they will need to survive and thrive on their own.
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