They were found when they were three months old in 2006 and they've been kept in barren enclosures since they were small cubs. They live in the president residence of Syniogora, in the south east of Lviv, Ukraine.
The conditions around them is awful. They are kept separated. They are in two small enclosures, with concrete floors, and no natural vegetation or enrichment at all! There's no protection from the sun or rain. The bears receive food just chucked over the fence. Their water and food containers are dirty. And the bears show stereotypical behaviour.
Four Paws want to move the President Bears to the Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr in Ukraine as soon as possible. Here they can enjoy a new life, full of care and freedom.
The good news is that Four Paws addressed the Ukrainian authorities after the recent change of presidency, and they've given Four Paws the thumbs up to relocate the bears and look after them.
Will you help Leo and Malenka enjoy freedom and the grass between their paws?
All you have to do is to spend £40 or more, and Green People will plant a tree. The World Land Trust know what they are doing. Since they were founded, they have planted over 2.3 million trees worldwide. And they work with local conservation groups to help save land for wildlife; their current appeal is to save forest and a wildlife corridor in Colombia. You can find out more here.
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The 21st March is International Day of Forests, so that's even more reason to give your support to the World Land Trust!
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One of the things Deborah said in the email she’d sent us was that she thinks the issues we are facing – the wildfires around the world and the coronavirus – stem in part from our lack of respect for the natural world, our lack of care for animals and our need to develop at all costs.
I agree. I remember once reading a phrase, Look after the earth and she will look after you. Well, we have not looked after the world and she is finding it increasingly difficult to look after us. We reap what we sow. As Deborah says, we do not respect our planet, our forests, our rivers, our oceans. We exploit them and abuse them far too much.
My hope is that this virus will give us all the chance to reflect on what really matters and that it will give the planet a chance to do some healing. We need to look at how we are living and what we are doing, and really start thinking about what we want going forward.
The 21st March is International Day of Forests.
We need to love our forests around the world and to care for them like never before.
We are dependent on them.
Without forests that are in good health, we cannot be healthy. They are the lungs of our planet.
Without oceans and rivers that are in good health, we cannot be healthy. They are our blood supply.
Without air that is clean, we cannot be healthy.
Without biodiversity, the right balance of species across the planet – I include humans in that – we cannot be healthy. Every species has its place in nature – she has planned things pretty carefully and we are destroying that balance through activities dedicated to our own ends.
So back to our Koalas. Will you help put pressure on the Australian government to nudge them in the right direction and protect the koala, with the Koala Protection Act? Protect one species and you protect far more.
So why are Sumatran tigers trapped and dying from snares?
It’s because snares are brutal and the perfect thing for poachers to use in their quest to take down the beautiful Sumatran tiger.
Bali tigers and Javan tigers died this way. And the need to change the status of the Sumatran tiger is urgent. For the Sumatran tiger, the smallest of all the tiger sub-species, is going the same way.
There are less than 400 Sumatran tigers living in the wild – that’s an estimate. These cats are generally shy, and keen to avoid people. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists them as Critically Endangered.
Why are their numbers so low?
Kerinci Seblat National Park and the Ulu Masen and Leuser ecosystems of Aceh on the Indonesian island of Sumatra are global priority areas for tiger conservation.
FFI is an international wildlife conservation organisation, with a science-based approach to conservation. Founded, in 1903, they have saved species from extinction over the last 100 years and – helped by their Vice President, Sir David Attenborough – they have helped bring mountain gorillas back from the brink. Their mission is to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science, and which take into account human needs. They have over 140 conservation projects around the world and they work in over 40 countries.