After years of being held captive at illegal facilities in Vietnam for their bile, hundreds of bears have been rescued and given a second chance to live thanks to the tireless work of local sanctuaries.
The Vietnam Administration of Forestry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AnimalsAsia on building plans to better protect bears.
Vietnam's government signed an agreement on July 19 to work with animal activists to shut down all notorious bear bile farms and free the remaining 1,000 bears stuck in captivity over the next three years.
Annemarie Weegenaar lives in Tam Dao national park, a humble home about 65km northwest of Hanoi that she shares with 148 bears, and counting.
Authorities said that four more bears have died in a private farm in Ha Long city in Quang Ninh Province.
Concerned agencies and non-government organisations in Vietnam are working hard to save wild bears from extinction and from being used in the production of bile.
A recent report shows that consumption of products made from wild species is on the rise recently in Vietnam due to superstitions about the uses and lack of standard regulations.
More than 100 bears at the Bear Rescue Centre were condemned to almost certain death until Animals Asia Foundation established a Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao national park, the northern province of Vinh Phuc.