It’s been almost 3 months now that Bonnie has free access to the main enclosure yet he still hasn’t ventured into its forested area. He goes in the enclosure, walks along the wall, looks at the trees within, hesitates at going into the forest, turns around and quickly goes back to the feeding cage. But everyday he ventures further and further away from the feeding cage, slowly overcoming his fear of being outdoors. He’s almost there!
Desi and Hilda are doing well. They have been enjoying the main enclosure for more than 6 months now and are much more relaxed and at peace then they were before. In their old cage they spent a lot time pacing like most sun bears do if locked in a small space, but now the only time I see them pace is when they are hungry and impatient to be fed. The ret of the time, they seem fairly content.
I believe that making forested enclosures for adult captive sun bears is without a doubt the best thing we can do to significantly improve their quality of life. This enclosure for Desi, Hilda and Bonnie was my first, and in a few days a second enclosure will completed for two other sun bears at OFI, Ori and Komet. In the years to come, I thus hope to do many more enclosures for many more sun bears.
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