Two bear houses inaugurated in Vinh Phuc

Wednesday, 2017-04-19 16:49:47
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Delegates at the opening ceremony (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – Two bear houses with two semi-natural enclosures were inaugurated at Tam Dao National Park in the northern province of Vinh Phuc on April 19.

The two semi-natural enclosures cover a total area of more than 5,600 square metres and are connected with double bear houses, which have a total area of 465 square metres with 13 large dens inside.

The construction of the project started in September 2016 with a total investment of approximately VND 10 billion (US$440,000), which was financed by the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF)

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Tuan Bendixsen, Director of the AAF Vietnam said that the new double houses, which have been significantly improved in comparison with the previous ones, are able to accommodate 40 bears.

He said that during the construction of the project, the AFF made efforts to ensure there were enough fully-intact green trees in order to maintain shade in the semi-natural enclosures, and maintain natural terrain and small hills in order to create space for bears’ activities.

He also expressed his thanks to the management board of the Tam Dao National Park and the Forest Protection Department (FPD) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for their support and cooperation during the implementation of the project.

Tran Minh Long, a FPD official, highly appreciated efforts made by the AAF over the past years, affirming that the construction of the two semi-natural enclosures would contribute to shutting down illegal bear farms and bringing bears back to their natural habitat.

The construction of the double bear houses with two semi-natural enclosures is part of an ongoing project of the Vietnam Bear Sanctuary, which is designed as the largest international standard bear rescue centre in Vietnam.

Under the project, five double bear houses and 10 semi-natural enclosures have been built so far, providing homes for some 161 bears.