Following the success of our first business, MonkeeBar which opened in 2013 we opened Bear Garden in December 2016. As with MonkeeBar we have a local business partner and Orangutan project owns 50% of the business. As is the case with all of our businesess, 100% of Orangutan Projects profits are used to further conservation and welfare work on Borneo . Sadly the sun bear, which is a native species to South East Asia, is threatened by habitat loss and poaching as well as an increased demand from the pet trade and tourism industries. Sun bears are the smallest bears in the world and the least well studied of the 8bears species that exist globally.
Our aim is for profits from Bear Garden to support sun bear conservation and welfare efforts on the island of Borneo.
Bear Garden has a relaxed atmosphere with a courtyard surrounded by luscious greenery. Situated in the heart of Kuching amongst many of Kuchings popular hostels Bear Garden has established itself as a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. In addition to its great selection of specialty beers, spirits, cocktails and juices Bear Garden also boasts Kuching’s first fully vegan bar snacks menu.
You can keep up to date with whats going on at BearGarden by checking out our Facebook page.
Whilst all our businesses employ a significant number of local people we also have opportunities for international volunteers as well. We believe that hosting volunteers is an effective way to engage with the international community. Volunteers learn about animal welfare and conservation issues and make a positive and unique contribution to the sun bears of Borneo.
There is no cost to volunteering at Bear Garden; volunteers receive accommodation in exchange for their time. We are able to host volunteers for anywhere from two weeks to three months. Whilst volunteering at monkeebar does not involve working around wildlife Kuching is an excellent vantage point from which to visit many beautiful national parks which are teeming with wildlife. Volunteers are free to explore Kuching and surrounds on their days off.
If you are interested in volunteering at Bear Garden please feel free to contact us.