Unless otherwise stated, books and references, new or previously-read copies can be purchased at and Each of these references is listed as they are directly related to bears or have impact on bear conservation and welfare.

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​Bear Care Group Conference Proceedings


Advancing Bear Care 2018 - India Program and Proceedings.  December 3rd - 6th 2018


Bamboo Enrichment.  Advancing Bear Care 2018.


Advancing Bear Care 2016 - Omaha, USA Program and Proceedings.  October 5th - 9th 2016


Life Strategy Brainstorming Worksheet. Advancing Bear Care 2016.


Enrichment Workshop.  Advancing Bear Care 2016.


Training Bears for Voluntary Blood Collection.  Advancing Bear Care 2016.


Advancing Bear Care 2015 - Vietnam Program and Proceedings.  October 29th - November 1st 2015



Advancing Bear Care 2013 - New Jersey, USA Program and Proceedings. October 3rd - 8th 2013


Advancing Bear Care 2011 - Banff, Canada Program and Proceedings. October 6th - 9th 2011


Advancing Bear Care 2009 - San Francisco, USA Program and Proceedings. November 6th – 8th 2009 

BIERZS 2007 Bear Information Exchange for Rehabilitators, Zoos & Sanctuaries Program and Abstracts. August 24th – 26th 2007 



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